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Psalm 56:8

April 4

You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?

How amazing to think of God bending low to collect the tears that slide down our cheeks!

In biblical times, mourners often caught their tears in small, glass bottles before placing them in burial tombs as a sign of their grief. In Civil War times, women collected their tears in bottles until their men returned from battle.

Not only does God collect our tears in His bottle, but He also records them in His book. Think about the tears that you have cried: when failure disappointed, death shattered your heart, loss uprooted your life, your child deserted his faith, malicious words wounded. All those tears of grief, frustration, and distress trickled into God’s bottle, and He recorded each shimmering droplet.

Why is God so interested in our tears? In Revelation 21:4, He makes a promise He intends to keep. When we are united in the New Jerusalem, God Himself will wipe every sorrowful tear from our eyes. Because He has kept count, every tear will be wiped away.

In the darkest hour, when no one else sees, your Creator draws near to gently collect and count each tear. One day, He will remember and wipe away every one. Those who sow in tears will reap in joy (Psalm 126:5).

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Take comfort that God will one day wipe all the tears from your eyes. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Deuteronomy 26:1-27:26

New Testament 

Luke 10:38-11:13

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 76:1-11

Proverbs 12:15-17

 

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Psalm 143:10

April 3

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness

As believers, we are enrolled in a continuing education program. We become lifelong learners as God opens His Word and speaks His truth.

We keep learning, growing, and maturing – making ourselves ready for the work that God has for us to do. The Lord will enroll us in classes that challenge and stretch us.

He will teach us to pray. Through problems that we are unable to solve, burdens that we are unable to bear, He will instruct us how to call upon Him so He can show us great and mighty things that we did not know before (Jeremiah 33:3).

He will teach us to give. Every perfect gift that we have in our lives comes from the Father of Lights above (James 1:17). Giving is not extraordinary; it is expected. When we recognize the abundance of His blessings, it will prompt us to give cheerfully and generously.

He will teach us to praise. He will take us to school about the power in praise – how it brings heaven down into the circumstances of earth. When God invades the atmosphere, mountains move, yokes break, and chains fall.

When we choose to listen and learn, He will teach us to do His will. Because He is good, the Spirit will lead us into all righteousness and truth.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you grow in the grace and wisdom of our Lord Jesus Christ! May He lead you from glory to glory!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Deuteronomy 23:1-25:19

New Testament 

Luke 10:13-37

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 75:1-10

Proverbs 12:12-14

 

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Proverbs 18:9

April 2

He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer

If we believe in something, we will bleed for it. We will sweat to succeed. Sweat demonstrates effort and hard work. Only in the dictionary does success precede work!

In Luke 22:44, Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, and His sweat poured out like huge drops of blood. Why? He believed in us, and He was working for us. Jesus bore the burden of our humanity, and in that moment, He struggled mightily.
 
He accepted a weight with which we are too familiar. Jesus, Who had never known sin, became sin, so that we could be made right with God (II Corinthians 5:21). Our sin and shame rolled onto His shoulders, and He was separated from the Father – an agony that He had never experienced.
 
Hours before, He prayed of the beautiful unity that He and the Father shared. Hours later, He cried from the cross, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Mark 15:34). He poured out His blood and sweat. He completed the work to pay a debt that He did not owe.
 
Where are you investing your sweat? Are you about the Father’s business? We must energetically undertake the work that Jesus commanded: to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. Sweat comes before success.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you commit to the Father’s business – to go and preach the Gospel and make disciples. May He bless the work of your hands and sweat of your brow!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30

New Testament 

Luke 9:51-10:12

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 74:1-23

Proverbs 12:11

 

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II Corinthians 13:5

April 1

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?

Paul encouraged the Corinthian believers to test themselves. Then, he gave them a one-question examination: “Do you not know that Jesus Christ is in you?”

It was not a matter of faith; it was a matter of acknowledging that Jesus was alive in them. Today, many of us struggle with the same dilemma! We easily believe in the free gift of salvation, but we disregard the power of a Risen Savior that takes up residence in our lives.

Christ is in us! The One Who walked out of the grave with the keys of victory in His hand lives in us. The One Who quiets the wind and waves with a simple command lives in us. Along with John, we can say, “…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world!” (I John 4:4).

If the Mountain Mover is in us, those obstacles will be removed. If the Commander of Angel Armies is in us, no weapon formed against us will prosper. If our Rock and Defense is in us, we will not be moved.

Take the one-question examination today: Do you know that Jesus is alive in you? Square your shoulders. Lift your chin. You are a child of the King. If you know it, live out that truth.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Jesus is your Salvation and Strength, your Rock and Redeemer, your Deliverer and Defender. When He is in you, nothing is impossible!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Deuteronomy 18:1-20:20

New Testament 

Luke 9:28-50

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 73:1-28

Proverbs 12:10

 

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Romans 5:8

March 31

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Christ bled for you, because He believes in you. He planted great potential in you, and He believes in the person that He created you to be.

In spite of the wrong turns or poor choices you might have made, He died for you while you were still a sinner. He no longer considers your past sins; He hurled them into the depths of the ocean.

Jesus puts no stock in expert opinions, statistics, and analyses of how impossible your situation might appear. He already knows that you can do all things when He gives you the strength (Philippians 4:13).

When every door closes in your face, just keep asking and seeking and knocking. He promises that if you ask, you will receive. If you seek, you will find. If you keep knocking, He will open a door that no one can ever close.

When you were at your very worst, He gave His very best. Jesus believes in your healing, because He took the lashes on His back to buy it. He believes in your redemption, because He won it at Calvary. He believes in your royalty, because He wore a crown of thorns to make you a child of the King. You will bleed for what you believe in, and He believes in you.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. He bled and died to set you free, to give you a future and a hope. Lay hold of all His promises to you!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20

New Testament 

Luke 9:7-27

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 72:1-20

Proverbs 12:8-9

 

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Luke 22:44

March 30

And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, hours before His death, Jesus knelt to have a conversation with His Father.

For 33 years, Jesus walked this earth. The Father’s mission was His exclusive aim. He only spoke and acted as His Father directed Him. As He anticipated the cross, He pled with God that, if it was possible, if there was another way, to please let this cup pass from Him. If not, God’s will be done.

His agony was so great as He prayed that His sweat became like huge drops of blood dripping from His face. He bled for you because He believes in you.

At His Word, everything was fashioned. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west because Jesus instructs it to do so. The moon glows at His insistence. He has numbered and named the stars, commanding them to shine for His purpose. He formed every mountain with His hand. He carved every valley with His finger. He planted every flower. He designed every creature.

Yet, He bled for none of them. He did not bleed for the trees or the birds. He did not bleed for the multitudes of angels. He bled for you because He believes in what He created you to be.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Because Jesus believed in and bled for you, pour yourself out for the cause of Christ. May you be used for His glory in this generation!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23

New Testament 

Luke 8:41-9:6

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 71:1-24

Proverbs 12:5-7

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Colossians 1:29

March 29

To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

Sir Winston Churchill, the former prime minister of the United Kingdom, popularized the phrase “blood, sweat, and tears” in a rousing speech that he delivered three days after his election in 1940.

The first use of the phrase occurred in print in 1837 when Welsh preacher, Christmas Evans, expounded the extraordinary sacrifice of the Author and Finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ.

Our blood represents life. It contributes to all that we do. As long as it flows, our lives are sustained. If it ceases to flow, we experience a quick death. Leviticus 17:11 tells us the “life of the flesh is in the blood…”

Our sweat reflects the price that we are willing to pay to accomplish a goal. Nothing great is achieved without great effort. Sweat represents long days, hard hours, struggle, and strain.

Our tears water the passion that pushes us to persevere when giving up is the easier choice. God has promised us that weeping may endure for the night, but joy will come with the rising sun (Psalm 30:5).

The blood, sweat, and tears that we invest determine the quality of our families, careers, and our lives in Christ. If we lose our lives for His sake, we will save them (Luke 9:24). Where are you investing your blood, sweat, and tears?

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you know the wonder of a Savior Who shed His blood, poured out His sweat, and wept over you. He seeks to capture your heart!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32

New Testament 

Luke 8:22-40

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 70:1-5

Proverbs 12:4

 

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Proverbs 12:15

March 28

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.

The leper, Naaman, took great offense when the prophet, Elisha, sent a lowly servant to speak with him. He was insulted at the humble cure that Elisha suggested.

He left his house in a rage. His servant wondered why he did not take the steps that the prophet recommended for healing.

His servants had traveled the long distance with Naaman, had suffered with him, dealt with his disease and his desperation. Most likely, they had helped him hide it and aided in the frantic search for a cure. They longed for Naaman’s healing too.

We often choose to deny that our sin is an issue. If we want the truth, we should talk with the people that live with it every day. Don’t have a temper problem? We should talk to the people we wound when we lash out. Don’t have a lying problem? Talk to the people who cannot trust a word we speak.

Naaman heard what his servant had to say, and it changed his perspective. He recognized that his disease impacted more than himself. Why not wade into the Jordan?

Our sin-sickness is a matter of life and death. Its lethal impact can infect those around us. Wade into the water to wash away its deadly damage and come up clean and free.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Take the step. Pray the prayer. Confess and turn away from your sin. Jesus has come to give you abundant life!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22

New Testament 

Luke 8:4-21

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 69:15-36

Proverbs 12:2-3

 

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Psalm 149:4

March 27

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.

When Naaman, the leper, arrived at the prophet’s house seeking healing, he stepped out of his chariot looking for the red carpet. After all, he was a celebrated war hero in his home country of Syria!

Elisha did not even come to the door. Instead, he sent his servant with a message for Naaman: if he would go dip seven times in the Jordan River, his skin would be healed, and health would be restored.

Naaman was livid! The prophet did not even deign to speak with him, important man that he was! He did not come out and wave his hand over the leprosy to heal it. He merely suggested that Naaman go jump in the dirty river.

In the middle of his rantings, Naaman’s servant dared to ask: “…if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it?” (II Kings 5:13). Naaman’s great, big pride was preventing him from taking a simple, small step that would make him whole.

We all have the leprosy of sin in our souls. One prayer can wash us clean. One step of obedience can set us free. Like Naaman, is pride standing between you and the healing you seek? Run to the river and jump in with both feet to be made whole!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Humble yourself before the Lord, and He will lift you up! May you do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God all the days of your life.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20

New Testament 

Luke 7:36-8:3

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 69:1-14

Proverbs 12:1

 

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