Bible Readings: Feb 22-28 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 Feb 22-28

Monday, February 22

Read Psalm 42-43

THINK: ESV SB: Psalms 42-43 go well together as a song with 3 stanzas; they share a refrain…they both express the longing to return to God’s presence in the sanctuary. In these psalms the singer laments his circumstances…” His soul is longing for God, his emotions are raw, his enemies are aggressive, yet he also knows where hope lies (42:5 & 11; 43:5 — worth memorizing!). In the struggle of life, at times our enemies may be loud and God seem quiet. But it is good to “remember” and trust in God; his silence is merely the perfection of his timing. He will vindicate in his time.
PRAY: “Why are you downcast? Hope in God!” Now that’s a grand word to have in your heart when troubles seem overwhelming. Ask God to help you remain steadfast in hope and trust when waiting. Ask him to help you endure the times when he seems silent. Recall his many promises and his track record of faithfulness. “There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not; as Thou hast been, Thou forever will be–Great is Thy faithfulness!” Hymnwriter Thomas Chisholm. Why not sing it?

Tuesday, February 23

Read Psalm 44

THINK: In Romans 8:36 Paul quotes Psalm 44:22. His point in doing so is to make the point that no matter how tough life circumstances may become, nothing can separate God’s people from his love. Here in the Psalm the congregation is expressing dismay at God’s silence and the triumph of their enemies (continuing a theme from the previous psalms). Warren Wiersbe writes, “Is yours a ‘commercial’ faith? Are you faithful to God only because he does good things for you? God tests your faith to see if it is sincere…Trust him even though you may not fully understand what he is doing.” (With the Word, p. 336) Hope in God! Trust the King!
PRAY: Life is not easy. Christ does not promise a bed of roses in this world (and even roses have thorns!). There are ‘defeats’ along the way. Are you discouraged? Tell God. Let him know you will trust him no matter what! Lament is not a bad thing; being honest with God is good. But let it culminate in worship. Turn your mind to grace and the sovereign providence of God. Express your hope in the soon return of Christ and the amazing future God has planned.

Wednesday, February 24

Read Psalm 45

THINK: Another song from the Sons of Korah, this one speaks of a triumphant victor. John Sailhamer: “The call of the people of God for divine redemption in the previous psalm (44) finds its answer in this psalm. Using as a motif the image of an ideal earthly king, the psalmist envisions the coming of the divine King (45:6) to defeat the enemies of his people.” The Victor is mighty and handsome (2-3), wins a grand victory (4-5) for a just cause, has glorious splendor and an eternal throne, as well as a beautiful bride and fabulous wedding.  Yes! We think of Christ and the future wedding feast of the Lamb!
PRAY: The struggle and despair of the previous psalm now gives way to victory and a glorious Victor. Praise God for the victory of Jesus Christ, his Son. Praise God for his triumph over sin, death, and Satan on Resurrection morning. Praise God for such a great salvation for you in Christ. Praise God for the soon return of Christ and our eternal home with him in the New Jerusalem. Look forward with joy to the future marriage feast for Christ and his church! Hope!

Thursday, February 25

Read Psalm 46-47

THINK: Once again one of the Psalms Alive songs came to mind:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImzI3imewsY In these difficult times, isn’t it good to know that God is our refuge and strength? A help in trouble? That the river of God’s presence and grace flows through his people? Shaken by current events? Be still and KNOW who is on the throne and that he will triumph on the earth. This good news explodes forth then in exuberant praise: clapping, shouting, singing! There is no question who is reigning over the earth–God sits on the throne. The nations belong to him. This triumphant song reminds us of the Ascension of Christ to glory.

PRAY: Take a few moments to “be still and know that He is God.” Thank God that as a believer, his grace and Spirit flow like a river through your life. Thank him for being your refuge and strength and helper. Tell him that you know he will reign over the nations, and that nothing can defeat his ultimate victory. Sing a song of praise. Yes, even SHOUT an exclamation of joy and hope! Read Acts 1:6-11 and express your hope that as he went to glory, Jesus will return. Pray for the spread of the gospel to all the peoples of the earth.

Friday, February 26

Read Psalm 48

THINK: The songs of Korah continue, this time a song of joy over Zion, the city of the great King. ESV SB: “It commemorates some great event, in which Gentile powers had besieged Jerusalem but came away dismayed; it recognizes that though material fortresses may have their place, it is crucial that God himself be the defense of his people.” When the foundations and the walls seem to be crumbling and ‘the city’ is in jeopardy, where can we turn? We turn to the Lord. He will guard and guide us forever (v. 14).
PRAY: God comes through! Again and again this has been the theme of the songs of Korah. Enemies do their worst; they even tried to destroy God’s own city. And so it is today. Many try in utter futility to destroy God’s church, to damage God’s family. But in the end, these efforts cannot succeed because God is protecting, guarding, and guiding his people. Ask God to protect you today. Ask him to guard and guide our church. Ask God to show his greatness and glory in the triumph of the gospel over its opposition.

Weekend, February 27-28

Read John 18:37-40

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: Last week we began thinking about the question Pilate raised, “What is truth?” Certainly Pilate was a man with mixed (and even confused?) motives. He was in a predicament, and in speaking with Jesus, clearly overmatched. That he lacked moral courage is revealed in his putting the option before the angry mob: Jesus or Barabbas? Perhaps Pilate thought, “Surely they won’t choose the insurrectionist Barabbas over this man Jesus?” Whatever was in his mind, the crowd was clear. Ponder his statement, “I find no guilt in him.” He was right on that point!
PRAY: Pray for our pastors preaching in this passage. Pray that the listeners would see Jesus, the perfect, guiltless, sinless Lamb of God! Pray that these studies in John’s gospel would deepen our faith and our love for the risen Christ. Pray for our children and youth to come to love and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Pray for our nation to be renewed and awakened to the majesty and glory of Jesus Christ.
FAITH GROUP: Discuss both the question posed by Pilate, “What is truth?” and the statement he made to the crowd, “I find no guilt in him.” How do those to questions lead us to gospel clarity when we think about them? How might those two statements be helpful in sharing the gospel with someone?

   Ask God to open doors for speaking gospel truth in love to others in our sphere of influence. Pray for lost persons you care about by name.