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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

May 31 –  Psalm 56, Jeremiah 11-12, Job 14, Acts 7:1-29

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on Psalm 56
  • The Psalmist is surrounded by many things that can tempt him to fear
  • But, verses 3-4 is so powerful
  • “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.  In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.  what can flesh do to me?”
  • There are so many things that can tempt us to fear
  • For the Psalmist, it was physical enemies and attackers
  • In our day, many are spiritual attackers, verbal persecutors, political opponents
  • There are so many things in this world that can tempt us to fear
  • But, the only way out of fear is not attack or avoid or escape
  • The only way out of fear is not to simply “wish” the thing that tempts us to fear goes away
  • The only way out of fear is to recognize the infinite power of the One True God and to trust in Him
  • The only way out of fear is to recognize that through faith in God through Jesus Christ, God is on our side, and with God on our side, nothing can destroy us ultimately

How Points to Christ

  • Since God gave us His ultimate protection and gift in His Son Jesus Christ while we were still sinners, how much more will God protect and care for those who believe in Him through Jesus
  • Jesus bore God’s wrath (the only thing we ought to be afraid of), so that in Him, we can have full assurance of salvation
  • Truly, in Christ, what can flesh do to me since as Jesus’ body was resurrected, so will ours!

Apply

  • Please pray that during times of potential fear, that I would not turn to myself and my own abilities
  • Please pray that during times of fear, I would glorify God by simply trusting Him and holding onto Him in faith
  • And please pray that I would regularly preach the greatness and supremacy of God that is so clearly revealed in God’s Word
  • Because only a high and exalted view of God will truly help people cast off all fear in this world
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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

Unreached of the Day photo
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Population: 26,937,000

Language: Burmese

Religion: Buddhism

Evangelical: 0.07%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

May 30 –  Psalm 55, Jeremiah 10, Job 13, Acts 6

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on Jeremiah 10
  • As I meditated on this chapter, my zeal for Christian ministry was rejuvenated and renewed
  • Despite the hard work and trials, Christian ministry is so worth it because of the greatness of the One True God
  • Idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field
  • They cannot speak
  • They cannot walk
  • They cannot do anything – good or evil
  • There is NONE like the Lord, great and mighty and wise
  • The Lord is the One True God, the living God and everlasting King
  • All of creation quakes before God’s glory and the nations cannot endure the power of God
  • All idols are worthless
  • There is only One True God! (who is worthy to be praised and worshiped among all the nations!)

How Points to Christ

  • The glory and wisdom of God is seen not only in creation, but in redemption
  • God planned to save sinful people through the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • God’s glory, greatness, wisdom, and power are even more in bringing about new creation in Jesus
  • Only God is worthy to be worshiped through Jesus

Apply

  • Please pray that I would regularly see the unique glory of God as compared to all other idols and worldviews and religions in this world
  • The Lord is the only One True God
  • Please pray that I would respond in worship and praise
  • And then please pray that I would simply overflow in proclaiming His supremacy among all the nations for the joy of all peoples

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

Unreached of the Day photo
Please pray for the …

Population: 4,132,000

Language: Aceh

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.00%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

May 29 –  Exodus 40, Jeremiah 9, Job 12, Acts 5

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on Exodus 40
  • After lots of work, people contributing talent and money, and precision to detail, the tabernacle is finally erected
  • Moses did according to all that the Lord commanded him (worshiping God includes obeying all He commands)
  • The tabernacle represented God’s presence among His people
  • The cloud of the glory of God’s presence would cover and fill the tabernacle
  • God’s glorious presence is too great that not even Moses could enter the tent of meeting during this time
  • But, the main distinction for the nation of Israel from all the other nations was the presence of God
  • The presence of God is the sweetest thing anyone can have
  • Thus, the people of Israel would only go whenever God’s presence went
  • If the cloud stayed, they stayed
  • But if the cloud lifted and moved, then they moved
  • (Life without God’s presence is not worth living)

How Points to Christ

  • In John, we read amazing words that Jesus, the Son of God, came and tabernacled (dwelt) among us as man
  • God’s presence came in the form of a man
  • And through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, God’s presence can be with anybody, through repentance and faith in Christ
  • (Life without God’s presence in Christ is not worth living)
  • God’s presence can only be gained through Christ because the barrier our sin causes is too great

Apply

  • Please pray that I would love daily communion with God through Christ
  • Please pray that I would love spending time in God’s presence in His Word and communicating with Him in prayer
  • Please pray that I would seek to live my life only according to God’s Word

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May God increase our desire for His glory to spread to all nations and peoples – Operation World. and Joshua Project!

Unreached of the Day photo
Please pray for the …

Population: 2,845,000

Language: Malay

Religion: Islam

Evangelical: 0.00%

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Bible Reading Commitment, Encouragement, and Challenge

May 28 –  Exodus 39, Jeremiah 8, Job 11, Acts 4

Observe with some (Interpretation in Parentheses)

  • Focusing on Acts 4
  • The transformation of the disciples after Jesus’ resurrection is amazing
  • (Nothing else could have created such a change)
  • Fearful and Jesus-denying Peter now amazes all those in religious authority with his boldness for the Gospel
  • Why are they so bold?
  • Because Jesus resurrected from the dead
  • And therefore, Jesus is the only name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved
  • Even after being threatened by the religious people, their first prayers are not for the persecution to stop
  • Their first prayers are for the Sovereign Lord to give them the perseverance to continue speaking the Word with all boldness
  • (They know persecution is normal because Jesus experienced it first)
  • (They desire boldness to keep preaching Jesus)

How Points to Christ

  • Jesus is the power for boldness
  • Jesus is the reason for boldness
  • Jesus is the only name by which anyone can be saved

Apply

  • Please pray for boldness to preach God’s Word faithfully
  • Please pray that (in this culture that is growing in antagonism to God’s clearly revealed Word), that I and professing Christian churches would stand firm and continue to speak God’s Word with all boldness
  • And please pray that through the preaching of God’s Word, many sinners would hear, repent, and believe on Jesus alone to be saved

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