Day 168 – June 17

Today’s Readings:

1 Chronicles 13-14
Acts 3
Job 12

“…it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.” – Acts 3:16

“It is in the name of Jesus…” The one, sweet word brings strength to those who hear it with faith. But do we believe? Or are we content to remain at the gate like the beggar? Jesus wants to work through us, if only we lay our ‘power’ at the gate and let him reign in our souls.

May God bless you.

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Day 152 – June 1

Today’s Readings:

2 Kings 5-6
John 12:27-50
Psalm 146

“My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” – 2 Kings 5:13

Signs. We want signs for our belief. 2 Kings today, Naaman refuses at first to go down and wash to cure his leprosy. He is looking for some external sign of divine power. In the Gospel of John, we read how Jesus came performing many signs and yet the people did not believe.

Lord, give us eyes to see and ears to hear, that the many proofs about us will guide our hearts to a true faith. Not a faith built on proofs, but a faith built on the promise in God’s Word, of salvation through Jesus Christ. Let this be our greatest joy.

May God bless you.

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Day 136 – May 16

Today’s Readings:

2 Samuel 19-20
John 5:1-24
Psalm 130

Jesus answered them, “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” John 5:17

There was different understanding among the learned Jews as to what God did on the Sabbath. Some believed that God continued to work in holding all His creation together, while others believed that he rested, except for His judgment (his ruling and governance).

In Jesus’ discourse with the Jews, he calls himself the son of the Father, and that as a son, he does what the Father does, making himself an equal to God. He explains that he does what the Father does, which is manifested in his power to heal.

“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life.” John 5:24

Jesus asks us to believe in Him as we do the Father, and that his work on the Sabbath is not a work of condemnation, but one of giving life.

Let us hold close to the words of Jesus, who is patterned after the Father, that eternal life is offered to those who hear his word and believes.

May God bless you.

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