Prayerful focus

Daily Bible Study 15,Aug.2018

Readings for today:

Psalms 15,45,75,105,and 135.

Psalms 15:

1- LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?  Ps.2:6> “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”

2 – He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

Ps.84:11> For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

Isa.33:15,16> Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil— they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them.

3 – He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

4 – In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

Josh.9:18-20> But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by the LORD, the God of Israel. The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders, but all the leaders answered, “We have given them our oath by the LORD, the God of Israel, and we cannot touch them now. This is what we will do to them: We will let them live, so that God’s wrath will not fall on us for breaking the oath we swore to them.”

5 – He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

Ezek.18:8,9> He does not lend to them at interest or take a profit from them. He withholds his hand from doing wrong and judges fairly between two parties. He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live,
declares the Sovereign LORD.

Morning Reading, Prayerful focus

Daily Bible Study Aug.1,2018

Psalm 1:

Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Gen.5:24> Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

Job 31:5> If I have walked with falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit—

let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless—

Ps.81:12> So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.

Prov.4:14>Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.

2.But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Focus Points: You can learn how to follow God by meditating on his word. Meditating means spending time reading thinking about what you have read. It means asking yourself how you should change so you’re living as God wants. Knowing and meditating on God’s Word are the first steps toward applying it to your everyday life. If you want to follow God more closely, you must know what he says.

3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Gen.39:3> When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did,

Focus points: verses 2 and 3 – There is simple wisdom in these two verses’-the more wwe delight in God;s presence, the more fruitful we are. On the other hand, the more we allow those who ridicule God to affect our thoughts and attitudes, the more we separate ourselves from our source of nourishment. We must have contact with unbelievers if we are to witness to them, but we must not join in or imitate their sinful behavior. If you want despair, spend time with mocking sinner; but if you want God’s happiness, make friends with those who love God and His Word. When Scriptures says “Whatever he does prospers, “It does not mean immunity from failure or difficulties. Nor is it a guarantee of health, wealth, and happiness. What the Bible means by prosperity is this: When we apply God’s wisdom, the fruit (results or byproducts) we bear will be good and receive God’s approval. Just as a tree soaks up water and bears luscious fruit, we also are to soak up God and his Word.

Ps’128:2> Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

4.The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Focus points: Chaff is the outer shell (or husk)that must be removed to get at the valuable kernels of grain inside. Chaff was removed by a process called threshing and winnowing. After the plants were cut, they were crushed, and then the pieces were thrown into the air. Chaff is very light and is carried away by even the slightest wind.While the good grain fails back to the earth. Chaff is a symbol of a faithless life that drifts along without direction. Good grain is a symbol of a faithful life that can be used by God. Unlike grain,however, we can choose the direction we will take.

5,Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6.For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Nah.1:7> The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,

John 10:14> “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—

 

Prayerful focus, Prayers being spokened

Daily Bible Study 7/12/18

Psalms 12:

Verse1)    Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

(a) Isa.57:1> The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.

Verse 2)   They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

Verse 3)   The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

Verse 4)   Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

Verse 5)   For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

(b) Ex.3:7-8> The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

Verse 6)   The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

(c) 2 Sam.22:31>   “As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

Ps.18:30>   As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

Prov.30:5>  As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

Verse 7)   Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Verse 8)   The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

A Message for Today, Christian Life style, Prayerful focus

Proverbs 17:3 – Purified Christian:

Proverbs 17:3 –The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. (KJV) 

Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart. (NLT) 

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold:

REF:

Prov.26:2> Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.

(“An undeserved curse does not come to rest”means that it has no effect.)

Prov.27:21>Fire tests the purity of silver and gold,
but a person is tested by being praised.

focus point – (praise tests a person, just as high temperatures test metal. How does praise affect you? Do you work to get it? Do you work harder after you’ve gotten it? Your attitude toward praise tells a lot about your character. People of high integrity are not swayed by praise. They are attuned to their inner convictions, and they do what they do what they should whether or not they are praised for it.)

Jer.17:10> But I, the LORD, search all hearts
and examine secret motives.

focus point – I give all people their due rewards,
according to what their actions deserve.” God makes it clear why we sin – it’s a matter of the heart. Our hearts have been inclined toward sin from the time we were born. It is easy to fall into the routine of  forgetting and forsaking God. But we can still choose whether or not to continue in sin. We can yield to a specific temptation, or we can ask God to help us resist temptation when it comes.

Matt.3:3>The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said,
“He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the LORD’s coming!
Clear the road for him!’

focus point – John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus. People who do not know Jesus need to be prepared to meet him. We can prepare them by explaining their need for forgiveness, demonstrating Christ’s teachings by our conduct, and telling them how Christ can give their lives meaning. We can “make straight paths for him ” by correcting misconceptions that might be hindering people from approaching Christ. Someone you know may be open to a relationship with Christ. What can you do to prepare the way for this person?

 [Psa 17: NLT]

A prayer of David.

O LORD, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from honest lips. Declare me innocent, for you see those who do right. You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.
You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong.
I am determined not to sin in what I say. I have followed your commands, which keep me from following cruel and evil people. My steps have stayed on your path; I have not wavered from following you. I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
Bend down and listen as I pray. Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.By your mighty power you rescue
those who seek refuge from their enemies. Guard me as you would guard your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of your wings. Protect me from wicked people who attack me, from murderous enemies who surround me. They are without pity. Listen to their boasting!  They track me down and surround me, watching for the chance to throw me to the ground. They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart—
like young lions hiding in ambush. Arise, O LORD! Stand against them, and bring them to their knees! Rescue me from the wicked with your sword! By the power of your hand, O LORD, destroy those who look to this world for their reward. But satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones. May their children have plenty, leaving an inheritance for their descendants. Because I am righteous, I will see you. When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.

 

Prayerful focus

Psalms 33

verse 1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

verse 2 Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.

verse 3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

verse 4 For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

verse 5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

verse 6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

verse 7  He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[fn]; he puts the deep into storehouses. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[fn]; he puts the deep into storehouses.

verse 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. verse

9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

verse 10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. 

verse 11  But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.   

verse 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.

verse 13 From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;

verse 14   from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—

verse 15  he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.

verse  16    No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.   

verse 17       A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.

verse 18   But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, 

verse 19   to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.

verse 20  We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

verse 21     In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

verse 22  May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

A Message for Today, Prayerful focus, Trusting In the LORD

Psalms 2: Confidently trusting God for protection and peace …

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? verse 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,  verse 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.   verse 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.  verse 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. verse 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.  verse 7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.  verse 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. verse 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. verse 10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  verse 11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.   verse 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Deep Study in Church stuff......., Faith Base, Prayerful focus

Being a Servant of the LORD … Matt.25:31,33-40.

verse 31 – When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 

Ref: Zech.14:5. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake[fn] in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.  

Acts 1:11. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Acts 3:21. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.

Acts 17:31.   For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

Phil. 2:19-10.   I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 

1 Thess. 4:16.  Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 

 Heb.9:28.  Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.

Jude 14.  Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones    

Rev. 1:7  “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.     

Focus Point:   John is announcing the return of Jesus to earth (see also Mathew 24, Mark 13:  1 Thess. 4:15-18)  Jesus’s second coming will be visible  and victorious. All people will see him arrive (Mark 13:26) and they will know it is Jesus.  When he comes, he will conquer evil and judge all people  according to their deeds (matt. 20: Mark 20 :11-15,),   

verses 33 – 40.  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 

Focus Point: This parable describes acts of mercy we all can do every day. These acts do not depend on wealth, ability, or or intelligence; they are simple acts freely given and freely received. We have no excuse to neglect those who have deep needs, and we cannot hand over this responsibility to the church or government. Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for others reeds (Isaiah 58:7) There has been much discussion about the identity of the “brothers.” Some have said they are the Jews, others say they are all Christians; still others say they are suffering people everywhere. Such a debate is much like the lawyer’s earlier question to Jesus. “Who is my neighbor? “

(Luke 10:29). The point of this parable is not the who, but the what-the importance of serving where service is needed. The focus of this parable is that we should love every person and serve anyone  we can. Such love for others glorifies God by reflecting our love for him.