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Daniel 2:23

July 8

I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of You…

Nebuchadnezzar, the temperamental king of Babylon, had conquered and proceeded to rule Israel. Not only had he carried her leaders into captivity, but he had also audaciously marched into the Temple and stolen all its gold, silver, and artifacts of worship.

One night, a troubling dream prompted him to call for all of his magicians, sorcerers, and astrologers. He issued a shockingly impossible challenge – not only should they interpret his dream, but they must tell him what he had dreamed! If they failed to accomplish this feat, he would kill them and reduce their homes to ash heaps.

Hearing the ultimatum, the prophet Daniel went to Nebuchadnezzar and asked for time to perceive the dream and its interpretation. He enlisted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to pray with him. In a night vision, Daniel received his answer. He awoke and worshipped God before he hurried off to talk with Nebuchadnezzar.

If you are facing an impossible situation today and need to hear from our omniscient Father, take the time to seek His face. Take the time to ask other believers to join you in fervent prayer. And when He hears your petition and responds from heaven, take the time to bless His name.

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 our Heavenly Father meet you in the secret place and reveal the answers for which you pray. May He promote you and fill you with His wisdom and might!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81

New Testament

Acts 26:1-32

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 6:1-10

Proverbs 18:20-21

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Mark 13:32

July 7

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father

For two millennia, we have been living in the Last Days, waiting and watching for Jesus Christ to return. Time is ticking. Over two thousand years ago, the prophetic clock moved into the delivery room.

The young couple who discovers that they are expecting a baby are not certain of the exact moment that they will meet their precious newborn. They understand that they have nine months to prepare for the birth. They visit the doctor, enjoy baby showers, choose a name, and prepare a nursery. They celebrate the signs of impending arrival. At the appointed time, they welcome their long-awaited child.

Many around us choose to ignore the signs of Jesus’ impending arrival. They cling to the truth that no one knows the day or the hour of His coming. With every hour that passes, though, we draw closer and closer to that moment when the trumpet of God shall sound, the dead in Christ shall rise, and we who are alive and remain will be caught up to meet Him in the air. Hallelujah!

Do not get distracted. He has delayed only because of His great desire for all to know Him. Pay attention and prepare for His impending arrival. God has unveiled a mystery. Everything is in place for our long-awaited King’s return.

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 be aware of the signs of His coming and vigilant to prepare for His arrival. Be found waiting and watching!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17

New Testament

Acts 25:1-27

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 5:1-12

Proverbs 18:19

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Joel 2:28

July 6

And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions

Two monumental things occurred on the Day of Pentecost: the New Testament church was birthed, and the beginning of the Last Days commenced.

On that day, 120 believers gathered in an upper room. As they prayed in one place and in one accord, a mighty wind rushed in, and tongues of fire rested on each of their heads. They received power to be witnesses to the ends of the earth. The church was born.

People from all over the world – of all languages – were in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Weeks. To their astonishment, these 120 disciples – most of them unlearned fishermen – began to declare, in languages previously unknown to them, the story of the virgin-born Son of God Who was crucified but rose again on the third day.

While many presumed them drunk, Peter corrected them when he quoted the prophet, Joel. God fulfilled His Word and ushered in the Last Days when He began to pour out His Spirit at Pentecost.

As the New Testament church, we still change the world not through buildings or budgets or programs, but by the truth of the glorious Gospel delivered through the power of the Holy Spirit that God continues to pour out on all flesh.

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 be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to testify of your soon-coming King!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4

New Testament

Acts 24:1-27

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 4:1-8

Proverbs 18:16-18

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Daniel 2:22

July 5

He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him

When the word “apocalypse” is mentioned, visions of doomsday scenarios, mushroom clouds over cities, and end-of-days disasters come immediately to mind.

The apocalypse is not the end of the world, a nuclear war or a horrific, last-days judgment. “Apocalypse” is derived from a Greek word that means “to pull back, unveil or the holy disclosure of information or knowledge.”

In the book of Daniel, the hand of God pulled back the curtain of time to show Daniel what waited on the other side. This unveiling revealed Himself as the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

Sometimes, we become so focused on the notes on the page that we forget to enjoy the music. The apocalypse is not intended to create confusion or bog us down in frightening details. For those of us who belong to Jesus, we can be filled with confidence and hope. God is still on His throne in absolute control.

When the final word is uttered by the last leader on earth, God will still be in power. No government can unseat Him. No scientist can disprove Him. No judge can overrule Him. He has unveiled His plans so we can be prepared and look forward to the promised salvation through Jesus Christ, His Son.

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. Rejoice that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life! The King of kings and Lord of lords is coming soon for His waiting bride!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17

New Testament

Acts 23:11-35

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 3:1-8

Proverbs 18:14-15

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Psalm 33:12

July 4

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…

Today, in America, we celebrate the many freedoms of this great nation of ours! Few nations on the globe enjoy the liberties we do.

Take a moment to reflect on where we have come from and to where we are progressing. As we picnic with our families, participate in Fourth of July parades, and stare up at a night sky spangled with explosions of light, let us remember those who fought to establish and maintain our liberty.

The first guarantee in the Bill of Rights is the freedom of religion. Across this land, we have the right to assemble in churches, pray freely, worship extravagantly, and boldly teach the Gospel of Christ. We can publish books, broadcast television shows, and stream services on the internet to lift up the name of Jesus – even in countries that are denied those rights.

We have the right to an education, to speak opinions freely, and to vote for the people and policies that govern our nation. We can join a political party, march on Washington, or lobby our representatives.

With these freedoms come responsibility. How are we stewarding these liberties for the cause of Christ? Are we praying? Exercising our right to vote? Proclaiming God’s truth? May we always stand “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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 God to pray, repent, and seek His face. May He hear from heaven and heal our land. May He forever be Lord of America.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 23:31-25:30

New Testament

Acts 22:17-23:10

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 2:1-12

Proverbs 18:13

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Hebrews 13:5

July 3

For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’

In the thick of battle, we are often tempted to believe that God has turned His back, walked away, and left us defenseless.

It’s one of Satan’s greatest tactics – to convince us that the Lord has abandoned us and forsaken His love for us. In the face of the father of lies, God’s Word stands forever true and unchanging. He will never leave or forsake us.

Salvation brings us the promise of a Forever Friend. Like a nursing mother could never forget her precious infant, God created us, and He will never forget us (Isaiah 49:15). He has inscribed our names on the palm of His hand, a constant reminder of our relationship.

Do not be dismayed by His silence when you no longer hear His voice in the noisy confusion of the conflict. Press ever closer to Him. Attune your ears to His direction. Persevere in obedience to the instructions that He last gave.

Do not be discouraged when you cannot see Him at work. He has not deserted you. Behind the scenes and beyond your sight, He is fighting for you. In His time, He will reveal how His hand has orchestrated your deliverance.

Do not fall prey to the lies of the enemy. To the ends of the earth, to the ends of this age, He is with 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. All the days of your life, He walks beside you. You have a Friend that sticks closer than a brother and loves at all times.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 22:4-23:30

New Testament

Acts 21:37-22:16

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 1:1-6

Proverbs 18:11-12

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Psalm 18:39

July 2

For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me

Have you ever found yourself in a heated battle, baffled and bewildered? Am I not supposed to be victorious, more than a conqueror through Jesus?

The Christian journey is not for the faint of heart! We contend with the everyday skirmishes of a fallen world, as well as the spiritual powers and principalities of this evil age. We must engage in battle before we can be crowned victors and overcomers.

Take heart! Peter encourages us to not find it strange when we go through the fiery trials (I Peter 4:12). To one day participate in Christ’s glory, we will share in His suffering.

Paul inspired his young charge, Timothy, to endure suffering like a good soldier (II Timothy 2:3). He instructed him to disentangle himself from worldly cares, submit to the rules of engagement, and persevere for the prize that awaits.

He assures Timothy that if we die with Christ, we will certainly live with Him. If we endure with Him, we will also reign with Him. Even when we are faithless, He remains faithful (II Timothy 2:11-13).

God subdues those who rise against us. He scatters every enemy that comes for us. He increases our faith, powers up our courage, and bolsters our perseverance. He arms us with strength for the inevitable battle. We never fight alone.

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. Be strong and courageous! The Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Victory is yours through Jesus’ name!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 20:1-22:3

New Testament

Acts 21:18-36

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 150:1-6

Proverbs 18:9-10

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Psalm 92:13

July 1

Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God

Many today have rejected assembling together with the body of Christ (Hebrews 10:25). They have been wounded by this imperfect collection of people that are the family of God.

Throughout His Word, though, God encourages us to plant ourselves in His house. In the Old Testament, His glory rested atop the mercy seat, and He met with His people in the unsurpassed beauty of Solomon’s Temple.

In the New Testament, the bodies of His believers became His temple. The newly-formed church in Acts met together every day – sharing all their resources, encouraging one another with songs and scriptures, and building up one another in their fledgling faith.

Today, God continues to work in and through His church. Only arrogance presumes to say that we do not need one another. No one person can comprehend all God’s truth. No one person possesses the ability or gifts to reach everyone in this wide world.

Each one of us is a lively stone in the house He is building. We must take our place in His body so that together, we can accomplish all of His purposes. Plant yourself in His house. Put down deep roots. Intertwine your heart with those who fervently love Him. Planted together, we will bear fruit.

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. Plant yourself in the house of the Lord. As you submit to His Word and worship with the family of God, may you be built up in holy faith in the name of Jesus.   

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 18:13-19:37

New Testament

Acts 21:1-17

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 149:1-9

Proverbs 18:8

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Matthew 25:21

June 30

Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord

Many of us hesitate and wait for circumstances to be perfect before we will commit to serve. To delay is to disobey.

When we undertake what God asks us to do, He makes it count. No matter how difficult it might be to accomplish the task He has assigned, no matter how few stand beside us, no matter where He sends, no matter how long it might take – be faithful to respond to His prompting.

Do not despise the small beginnings or neglect the details others never see. Even when we labor in obscurity, our Heavenly Father notices and honors our obedience. When we offer our best – even if only a few fish and loaves – He magnifies and makes it much.

If He calls you to the nursery, nurture the upcoming generation of Jesus lovers! If He sends you to the boardroom, lead with integrity. If He calls you to mop floors, clean with care. When you answer the higher call, your obedience blesses others.

We are responsible to respond and invest the talents that He gives us. When we do little things well – faithful over the few – He will reward us by promoting us to the greater things. It all counts in His kingdom.

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. Sink your heart and hands into the work of the Master until He one day welcomes you into the joy of the Lord. He is worthy!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

2 Kings 17:1-18:12

New Testament

Acts 20:1-38

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 148:1-14

Proverbs 18:6-7

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