Today’s passages in the One-Year Bible: Genesis 50:1-Exodus 2:10; Matthew 16:13-17:9; Psalm 21:1-13; Proverbs 5:1-6
THOUGHTS AND PASSAGES THAT SPOKE TO MY HEART
God will use the schemes of the wicked for your good
And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. – Genesis 50:19-20
The wicked will see the prosperity, strength, and fruitfulness of God’s children as a threat
And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Rameses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour. – Exodus 1:9-14
Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus. We know faith, not works, save us, but by reading this next passage, we can also know that we are to do His works. I often wonder what that reward will look like because one thing I have found about doing His works – there is such a great blessing and reward even as you do them. Can it get better than that?
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” – Matthew 16:24-27
The king that trusts in the Lord shall not be moved
The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
For the king trusteth in the Lord, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved. – Psalms 21:1, 7
Attend, Bow, Regard, Keep
My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. – Proverbs 5:1-2
BECAUSE I LIKE TO NOTE AND STUDY WORDS
Attend – to be present at; to take care of, minister to; devote one’s services to; to wait upon; to take charge of.
Bow – to bend the knee or body as in reverence, submission, salutation, or acknowledgement; to yield, submit.
Regard – to look upon or think of with a particular feeling; to have or show respect or concern for; to think highly of, esteem.
Keep – to hold or retain in one’s possession; hold as one’s own; to maintain, especially in accordance with specific requirements, a promise.
Oh, Father, I come before you today, and I ask that you help me focus my mind on You. Lord, help me to take up my cross today and follow You. Help me to focus on Your will and doing Your good works. Help me to trust in You and yield to Your strength will carry me and help me to stand firm during the schemes of the enemy. Thank You that You have promised You will use all those evil schemes for good. Thank You that You have given us an abundance of provision and strength and protection and fruit. Help me now to stand as I know the devil will not let it go without a fight. Show me how my Lord to attend to Your wisdom, to bow and reverence Your understanding, to esteem discretion, so my lips will keep Your knowledge. Lord, give me a real and heavy burden for the lost and help me to LOVE as You LOVE. I ask this all in Jesus’ Name. Amen!!!