Devotional Reading for September 22, 2021

Haggai 1-2 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Haggai is amazing because we can date it!

Dates of Haggai’s Prophecies (All in 520 BC)

1:1 – 1st day of 6th month (Aug. 29)

1:15 – 24th day of 6th month (Sept. 21)

2:1 – 21st day of 7th month (Oct. 17)

2:10 – 24th day of 9th month (Dec. 18)

2:20 – 24th day of 9th month (Dec. 18)

Haggai reminds that we shouldn’t expect God to bless us when we are disobedient! He also reminds us that holiness is personal – you can’t “catch” it from someone else!

Devotional Reading for September 20, 2021

Zephaniah 1-3 (The Daily Walk Bible).

I made a statement in church a few weeks ago that I think “all times are now to God.” I felt I must have read it somewhere, but wasn’t sure where. On their way out someone told me it was probably Augustine! I haven’t verified that yet, but I think that we have an example of it here. The “day of the Lord” can refer to any time of judgment (and restoration). Here is seems to refer to the upcoming defeat of Judah by the Babylonians, the judgment on the surrounding nations, and then the restoration of God’s people in the land. But then there is more!

“Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: ‘Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing'” (3:14-17).

God is looking ahead to the time when He will set up His kingdom on earth, and will live with his people. He is combining all of this because “all times are now” to Him, but we are still awaiting that day with hope and expectation!

Revelation 21:1-4 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’”

Devotional Reading for September 19, 2021

Habakkuk 1-3 (The Daily Walk Bible).

I love Habakkuk because he goes to God directly with his concerns. “Why are you letting the ungodly get away with persecuting the godly?” God answers, “I have someone coming to take care of that!” In horror, Habakkuk asks, “How can you let them do that? They’re more ungodly than the ungodly in Judah!” By then, Habakkuk realizes that he may have stepped over the line. He climbs into his watchtower to wait for the Lord’s reply.

God tells him what is going to happen and why it’s going to happen, and reminds Habakkuk that he needs to trust and have faith. “The righteous will live by their faith.” Habakkuk learns his lesson, and the end of the book is a psalm/prayer of praise!

I think that one of the biggest lessons that the Psalms teach us is that we need to be honest with God. If we have complaints, if we have questions, He already knows what they are, so why don’t we just get them out of our system? When we voice them, and then wait with expectancy for His answer (in part by looking at His Word), we will often find ourselves reassured and able to praise again, just as Habakkuk does here.

Psalm 131 “O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.”

Devotional Reading for September 18, 2021

Nahum 1-3 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Nineveh (Assyria) thought that it was untouchable, but Nahum reminds them of their own history. They came against Thebes, which had allies and great fortifications because of the Nile (3:8-9), and destroyed the city in 664/663 B.C. They were not better fortified and had no allies, so why did they think they were untouchable? Perhaps a reminder for us that “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

The other reminder is that the revival in our own hearts needs to be continuous. Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah, and then fell back on their old ways. Following God requires constant diligence!

Devotional Reading for September 17, 2021

Micah 6-7 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Micah 7 is a wonderful reminder that God, even in His discipline, still remembers and loves His children! That should be a great comfort for us.

Micah 7:8-9 “Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light. I will be patient as the LORD punishes me, for I have sinned against him. But after that, he will take up my case and give me justice for all I have suffered from my enemies. The LORD will bring me into the light, and I will see his righteousness.”

Micah 7:18-20 “Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of his special people? You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love. Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! You will show us your faithfulness and unfailing love as you promised to our ancestors Abraham and Jacob long ago.”

Micah 6:8 is one of the most significant verses in the Bible. It very simply and succinctly sums up the Christian life: “No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Sermon Outline for 9/12/21 (Radio Broadcast 9/19/21) — “It’s a Matter of Trust!”

NOT all the Questions in the Bible!
“It’s a matter of trust!”
Genesis 3:1-8

I) Is it a serpent or ______________?


II) What is Satan’s role as seen in ______________?


III) Where does Satan __________ from?


IV) Satan’s _____________ deception

     A) Starts with a _______________

     B) Does ________ give him an opening?

     C) Uses an ______________

     D) ___________ what God said

V) How does _______________ work in our own lives?

     A) Starts as a ___________

     B) Continues with a _______________

     C) Marinates in the _________

     D) Concludes with ________________

     E) Can seem to have some ______________

     F) Will always have _____________________

VI) What is the ____________?

Devotional Reading for September 16, 2021

Micah 3-5 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Not only were Isaiah and Micah contemporaries, God felt that one section of prophecy was so important and hopeful that it had to be repeated twice!

Micah 4:1-3 “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

Isaiah 2:2-4 “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

Does that mean it should convey twice the hope!?!?!?!?

If you sometimes wonder about prophecy in the Bible, check out Micah 4:10. Assyria is the world power at this time, mowing down everyone in their way. We’re 100 years from Babylon doing the same, and yet Micah predicts what is to come. Shouldn’t that make us trust Micah 4:1-3 even more?

Devotional Reading for September 15, 2021

Micah 1-2 (The Daily Walk Bible).

People like to talk about karma. Here’s karma: “I will reward your evil with evil.” It’s the way God set up the world. He doesn’t even have to “zap” us when we do wrong. Our own evil deeds and evil thoughts will bring bad consequences, which is why we should beware!

I’m afraid that we have a lot of 2:11 going on in our day. Paul puts it like this: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).