Bible Readings: Jan 18-24 2021

LOVE GOD’S WORD & PRAYER

Daily Bible Reading

At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love God’s Word and Prayer. We strongly believe that every growing disciple of Jesus needs to be regularly hearing from God through His word and personally speaking back to God through prayer. If regular Bible reading is not yet a habit of yours, this is a great way to get started!

We are encouraging everyone to begin 2021 with spending time in the Psalms. We will provide devotional thoughts and helpful prayer points on the passages. The weekend material will prepare you for the upcoming Sunday sermon as well as provide some discussion help for Faith Groups.

We encourage you to set aside at least 15-20 minutes a day for reading and prayer. If you fall behind, just start on the current day. Try to develop the habit of reading at the same time and place. Have a journal and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts and insights. For additional Bible reading plans check out our website at www.faithsf.com. Enjoy your time in God’s Word and Prayer!

DBR 2021 Jan 18-24

Monday, January 18

Read Psalm 15 & Psalm 16

THINK: Ps 15 Who is welcome to fellowship with God, to enter his presence? Those whose lives have been changed. “This psalm helps us examine our walk, our works, and our words,” writes Warren Wiersbe. We know that Jesus Christ has made this changed life possible for us, and that he gives his Spirit to enable us. Read Hebrews 10:19-25 and reflect. Ps 16 Who is your refuge, your rock? Who is your chosen portion and your cup? What do you think that imagery means? Can you make v. 6 your own? Reflect on vv.9-11; resurrection hope is in view. Easter! Pleasures forevermore.
PRAY: Pray through each of these Psalms, line by line, making them your own. Express to God your thanks and delight that he has changed you by his grace. Ask him to reveal to you any area of life where you need to more closely align with his will. Tell God that he is your refuge and rock, your portion and cup. Thank God for his many blessings in your life: “name them one by one.” Rejoice that God is near, that in fact he lives in you by his Spirit, and that your destiny includes “pleasures forevermore” in his presence.

Tuesday, January 19

Read Psalm 17

THINK: The resurrection theme continues. John Sailhamer: “For the most part the psalm recounts the laments of David as he was being pursued by his enemies. At the close of the psalm, however, David’s thoughts look beyond his immediate enemies, resting his hope in the fact that one day he will see God’s face” (v.15). What enemies are pursuing you? Think about that for a while. You might even want to jot down your thoughts. When troubles come, do you find it hard to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and on the hope of the one day seeing him face to face? Read Hebrews 12:1-2.
PRAY: Do you cry out to God for his help? Through today’s battles, do you rest your hope on the resurrection? Pray through the thoughts you wrote down on the “enemies” you are facing in your life. Tell God about who, or what circumstances, are troubling you. Ask him for his help by the Holy Spirit. Express to him your great hope that one day you will see him face to face. Ask him to help you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. Tomorrow is the inauguration. Pray for our country.

Wednesday, January 20

Read Psalm 18

THINK: “I love you, O Lord, my strength.” David is so expressive in declaring his love, his faith, his hope in God. Do you find it easy or hard to tell God you love him? Note the imagery he uses for God’s help; what can we learn from that imagery?

   Summarize your thoughts about the enemies of David. Then summarize how he describes the Lord’s victory on his behalf. What imagery is used to describe God’s intervention to help David?

   On what note does the Psalm end? What is David celebrating? How will God’s love fall upon David’s offspring forever? (v. 50)

PRAY: Yesterday you prayed to God about “enemies” that are making life difficult for you, asking for help from the Lord and his Spirit. Echo those prayers again today. Tell your Heavenly Father all the things that are making life a challenge for you right now. Ask for his help! Rejoice, as King David rejoiced, in the great salvation he has offered to us in his Son, Jesus Christ. Thank God that in Jesus Christ, the love of God is yours FOREVER! Pray for our country today, Inauguration Day in Washington DC. Help us, O God!

Thursday, January 21

Read Psalm 19

THINK: These Psalms we have been feasting on are filled with glorious imagery, word pictures that capture the imagination and help us to think deeply. Here, the heavens, the sky, even day and night, are declaring and proclaiming. What are they saying? They are preaching to us of the glory of God! Not only creation, but also the law of God speaks to us. What impact does the word of God have on us as we study it? What is promised to those who keep God’s word? Was David blameless in his life? What do you think he means by “then I shall be blameless”? What a marvelous, heartfelt cry is the closing prayer of verse 14! Memorize it. Take it to heart.
PRAY: Praise God for the magnificence of his creation. Thank him for the “sermons” that the heavens and sky preach to us of the glory and majesty of God. Thank God also for his word. Pray line by line through vv. 7-11, asking God to move in your life as these verses express. Confess to God any hidden sins in your life. Ask God for his cleansing by the precious blood of Jesus. Ask him to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Pray sincerely the prayer of verse 14.

Friday, January 22

Read Psalm 20

THINK: What is the setting? A day of trouble. Where do God’s people turn for protection? To the name of the Lord! King David is heading out to battle and the people are asking God for victory so they can shout for joy and celebrate with their banners. The anointed (v. 6) may be David in the present tense, but it is also Jesus Christ the Messiah/King in the future tense! (Think of Easter, and the resurrection of the Anointed One!) Memorize v. 7.
PRAY: What battles are you facing? At home, at school, at work, Covid 19, the upheaval in the nation and world–tell it to the Father! We are in a great battle for souls around the world, for we have an enemy who is both a liar and a deceiver. Pray! Call upon our victorious God to give us (the church of Jesus Christ) a grand gospel victory over the evil one and his forces. The battle belongs to the Lord! Pray for our missionaries and church planters.

As we have been praying this week, pray for our nation. In light of I Timothy 2, pray for our new President and his new leadership team. Ask God to do a powerful work of his Spirit in our land.

Weekend, January 23-24

Read Genesis 49:28-50:14

If you’ve fallen behind this week, consider using these extra days to catch up. You can also prepare your heart and mind for this Sunday’s worship service. Read the planned sermon text above and the thoughts below in advance of Sunday morning’s message. If you are in a Faith Group, consider discussing the questions below together.
THINK: Death. Burial. Such is the course of life. Jacob had reached his end. What promise did he ask of his sons? How did they fulfill that promise? Notice that Joseph takes the lead in this, which considering the circumstances was a great effort. What was the significance of carrying Jacob/Israel all the way back to Canaan from Egypt and burying him there? What can we learn from this?
PRAY: Pray for Pastor Dana and Pastor Jayson as they preach on this passage of Scripture. We are nearing the end of Genesis! What a journey it has been! Ponder all you have learned along the way. We will close out our 15-month journey next Sunday, our annual Celebration Sunday. Thank God for all his word, but especially for this grand, sweeping book of Genesis. Creation – Promise – Providence – Fulfillment.
FAITH GROUP: Talk about the long journey of death, preparation for burial, and burial in Canaan. Is there anything comparable in the way we handle death today? How does the gospel impact our outlook on death and what is to come?

Pray for one another. These are challenging days. People are of so many, varied opinions. Ask God for grace in each person, each marriage, each family. Ask God for grace for our church family as well.