Day 136 Bible Reading Plan

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Sometimes we can feel like our situations or lives are beyond help. But God has not changed. He is still faithful and He is our Redeemer. When we feel unworthy of God’s kindness we can remember that redemption isn’t earned. It is given. Freely.

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Day #136: Jeremiah 49-52

Scripture of the Day: Jeremiah 50:34 

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Day 135 Bible Reading Plan

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This world is fallen but we don’t have to be. When we choose to be men and women after God’s own heart, we can be restored and used by God. And when we are the victim, even then we can be healed and restored.

The subject of today’s reading might have made some aware of their need for healing. If you have been sexually abused and need help, please call: 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit https://www.healthline.com/health/sexual-assault-resource-guide#crisis-hotlines

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Day #135: 2 Samuel 11-15

Scripture of the Day: 2 Samuel 12:9-10

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Day 134 Bible Reading Plan

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Don’t be jealous of people’s skills or talents. When people are gifted in one way or another, and we all have specific gifts given – it is God using that person to bless His people. Every talent or skill we have was given for His will and His glory alone!

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Day #134: Exodus 25-28

Scripture of the Day: Exodus 28:3

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Day 133 Bible Reading Plan

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But God. Two small words with incredible potential. Don’t spend your life trying to avoid pain. If we live this life trying to avoid discomfort and pain, we forfeit the comfort of God that meets us when we suffer. When God is with us and we are aware of His promises, we know that He has overcome and we will, too, as we trust in His word.

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Day #133: 2 Corinthians 7-8

Scripture of the Day: 2 Corinthians 7:1 

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Day 132 Bible Reading Plan

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The time is short, friends, though we might not perceive it. Life goes by in a flash. What matters most is the most important encounter of our life—meeting Jesus. Have you truly met Him? If so, you will never be the same. If not, I want to introduce you to Him. God loves you, friend. He has rescued us all so we can serve Him. This is why He made us—to know Him and serve our living God. There is no greater purpose than that. God has rescued us from ourselves so we will be holy and live righteous lives. Will you accept His rescue?

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Day #132: Luke 1-2

Scripture of the Day: Luke 1:74-75

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Day 131 Bible Reading Plan

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Happy Mother’s Day! When we don’t have answers to life’s dilemmas, encountering God is our place of refuge and truth. Everything comes into perspective when we lay down our lesser thoughts and ways and pick up God’s.

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Day #131: Job 37-38

Scripture of the Day: Job 37:23-24

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Day 130 Bible Reading Plan

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This world tries to put people in boxes according to their sin.

But God defines people by the blood of his son.

Don’t let sin, shame, guilt, yourself or anyone keep you from God’s forgiveness that He has for you.

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Day #130: Psalms 51-52

Scripture of the Day: Psalm 51:10-12

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Day 129 Bible Reading Plan

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Even godly people can be led astray by the influences of our culture. Rationalization and making excuses for our shortcomings will never heal our spiritual waywardness. But recognition and repentance of our sins lead to restoration. Don’t follow after things of this world. There’s only One worth following, and His ways lead to eternal life.

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Day #129: Jeremiah 43-48

Scripture of the Day: Jeremiah 46:28

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Day 128 Bible Reading Plan

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The Ark of the LORD contained the presence of God, though God is everywhere. And we contain the Holy Spirit, though He is everywhere. Don’t forget that God is holy, friends. It matters how we live. His laws still stand. We aren’t righteous by obeying His laws, but by the blood of His precious Son. And don’t put God in a box. He is greater than words can define. May we not become so familiar with God that we forget it is just His incredible mercy that saved us.

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Day #128: 2 Samuel 6-10

Scripture of the Day: 2 Samuel 7:20-21

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What’s in a Promise, part 1

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Inspirational Thought of the Day:

Our great God Who did not owe us any promises, still chose to make them.

Scripture of the Day:

Psalm 89:34

“No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back one word of what I said.”

The Source of Promises

Blew the diet again this past weekend. Severely. Broke my treadmill, too, and figured that would really not help my cause. But today is a new day and the treadmill is fixed. Once again I promise that I will make consistent healthy choices. Ok, maybe not. But when I fall, I am caught by my Sovereign God Who keeps all of His promises and encourages me to rise up and try again.

Sound familiar? I am a flawed human, and while I keep important promises by the grace of God, sometimes the smaller ones are rationalized away.

I’ve been thinking a lot about promises lately, and how much God’s promises have been a constant comfort and strength in my life. So I thought I would devote this week to exploring the promises of God.

Life hurts sometimes and we search to find something to hold onto, to help us get through. But in this fallen world, promises are easily made and often not kept by man. So how can we hold onto promises from a God we cannot see? How do we access these promises? And how do we hold on when it seems that God’s promises are not kept?

Today I want to look at our Covenant Maker and Keeper. Looking at the source of the promise, we understand that we cannot compare God’s promises with man’s. While people change their mind and a faithful man cannot be found (Proverbs 20:6), the promises of God are trustworthy because . . .

The promises of God are made by a God that doesn’t change or lie. 

1 Samuel 15:29

“And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

Our security cannot be satisfied in an ever-changing world, but the God Who made this world does not change His purposes or lie. That means He said it, I believe it, that settles it.

The promises of God are made by our God Who is Holy.

Isaiah 57:15

“For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.”

The one true living God is Holy, unable to sin, so far above us, yet He has compassion on the lowly. In His Holiness, He could not mislead His people or not keep His covenantal promises. It is not in His divine nature to do so.

The promises of God are made by a God who is in complete control.

Proverbs 19:21

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

Jeremiah 32:27

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”

He is in control of all things. The One Who set up the world system is fully capable of maintaining it. If He can create this world and sustain it, He can handle keeping all of his promises and our problems, too.

Our great God Who did not owe us any promises, still chose to make them. He delights to bless His children and to give them His hope, because He is good and kind.