Faith Bible Readings 2019
At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love God’s Word and Prayer (Ephesians 6:17-18)! Take the ‘sword of the Spirit’ (God’s Word) and persevere in prayer! In this year, ask God each day to speak directly to you from the Scripture portions you read. Select a quiet place and consistent time to read and pray.
Our plan for 2019 will be similar to previous years with one exception. Monday-Saturday we will focus on one main devotional passage; the additional readings will keep you on track to finish the entire Bible in one year. On Sunday, we will have a passage from the upcoming Sunday sermon along with questions for Faith Group discussion. In addition, we will include a “One Another” passage also for Faith Group discussion and personal application in caring for one another in the body of Faith.
We suggest having a notebook and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts/insights. Bring this notebook with you to Faith Group for discussions and prayer times.
Download PDF: Daily Bible Readings 2019 Nov 11-17
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Read Ezekiel 24-26
TAI: These chapters pronounce judgments against both Jerusalem and its enemies who have brought it destruction. Two images are used with the besieged Jerusalem in mind: a big pot of stew, and the death of Ezekiel’s wife. How are they used? What do they infer?
Then chs. 25-26 declare God’s judgments against the surrounding nations. How is each unique? What can we learn from them? Worth pondering: God is able to bring judgment to bear against Jerusalem while at the same time punishing those who bring it about. God is sovereign over all nations and all circumstances, fulfilling his will.
PP: There are times when we can only kneel down before our Sovereign God, worship him, and put our trust in him. We do not always understand; in fact, often we do not. Pray the words of this great hymn by Wm Cowper: “God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform, he plants his footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm. Ye fearful saints fresh courage take the clouds you so much dread, are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head.” Express in prayer your love for God and trust in him.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Read Ezekiel 27-28
TAI: In ch. 26 we read prophecy of the downfall of Tyre. These chapters lament that fall and detail the roots of it. In a one-word sum, PRIDE led to the defeat of this once great city. In ch. 27 their enormous trading success weighs them down and their fall is lamented. In ch. 28 we see described the great pride of the prince of Tyre, even considering himself a god. Such pride and arrogance cannot stand, and it does not. “God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Wisdom, knowledge, and wealth are desirable, but when they become sources of sinful pride and idolatry, destruction results.
PP: Oh my, how these two chapters hit home. Have we become so proud a people that we have forgotten that ALL comes from God? He is the Source of every good thing; yet we credit ourselves. Can our destruction be far behind? Pray a prayer expressing humility to God and asking for revival and spiritual renewal in our nation. Ask God for grace, which he has promised to give, and thank him.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Read Ezekiel 29-30
TAI: Pride is once again the issue, this time with pharaoh! What blasphemy did the pharaoh speak (29:3)? Since pharaoh, a mere human, is not a reliable staff to lean on, what “staff” does God provide for us to lean on? Are you leaning on God? What is repeated in 29:6, 8, 16, 21 and 30:19, 26? Why is this important to God? Why is this important to people?
PP: Praise God that he is the one true God: no human can come close to God’s greatness and power. Thank God that he desires to make himself known. Praise him for being strong enough that we can lean on him at all times and in all circumstances. Express your trust that he has a purpose in all things. With Jesus, pray “your kingdom come, your will be done.”
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Read Ezekiel 31-32
TAI: Assyria was a great nation. What was its downfall? Who should take warning from the fall of Assyria (31:18)? What warning should we take from the fall of Assyria? What is God’s attitude toward the destruction of Egypt (32:18)? How does this relate to 2 Peter 3:9? How does this relate to you and those you come in contact with?
PP: Pray that God will make the “tree” of his kingdom grow to be taller than all the other trees. Pray that God would make it beautiful. Ask God what he would have you do to grow his kingdom. Pray for those in rebellion against his kingdom, that God would work to bring them to repentance.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Read Ezekiel 33
TAI: What is the role of the watchman? Who is the watchman over Israel in this chapter? Ezekiel’s role was a heavy one of great responsibility (v. 8). Where do you see a call to repentance in Ezekiel 33? True repentance involves genuine turning, a change of direction. What happens to those who refuse to repent (who will not change direction when confronted with their sin)?
PP: Pray a prayer of repentance! That is, ask God to help you turn to him in all circumstances, to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in all things. Ask God to break any sinful pride of self in you. Tell him it is your desire to walk humbly in the obedience of faith.
Pray for our proud and self-oriented nation. Pray for all in our government, to humbly seek God’s wisdom and truth and to lead with humility and grace. Ask God to pour out his Holy Spirit in our land, bringing revival and spiritual awakening and renewal. Ask God to bring many people to faith in Christ, a time of true harvest.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Read Ezekiel 34
TAI: Write down a description of the sin of Israel’s shepherds.
What makes a good shepherd? God says he himself will do it. Who is the fulfillment of this promise? Read John 10. Take to heart the last verse of the chapter and ponder its significance for you today.
PP: Praise God for sending his Son Jesus as the greatest and best Shepherd of all. Thank God for his promise to shepherd you, leading and guiding you and showing you his way. Ask God to shepherd others in the sphere of your life who are not currently walking with the Good Shepherd, bringing them to repentance and faith.
Ask God to help our pastors and elders to shepherd wisely our church flock at Faith Baptist.
Additional Readings: None
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Read Genesis 9:20-29
TAI & PP: Noah was not a perfect man, and drunkenness brought about an unfortunate situation. How did Ham respond? His brothers? What was the result?
Pray for our pastors preaching on this unique passage. Praise God that through Jesus Christ the nakedness of your sin has been covered in his blood. What a wonderful Savior is Jesus!
Pray for every attender worshipping at the West and South campuses today, that all would worship in spirit and truth and that any who do not know Jesus would hear the gospel. Ask God’s Spirit to be powerfully working today.