Bible Readings: Feb 8-14 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 8-14

Monday, February 8

Read Psalm 32

THINK: What man or woman is blessed of God? [Note: it’s not the perfect person, for only Jesus Christ is perfect.] What happens when we cover up instead of confess our sin? Have you ever experienced this: unconfessed sin affected your health? Deliverance comes when we openly confess our sin and receive his divine cleansing by the blood of Christ. It’s far better to receive the instruction of the Lord than to be a stubborn mule and obstinately defy him. Why? Because wickedness brings sorrow, while steadfast love awaits those who trust the Lord and walk in the obedience of faith. Be glad!

 

PRAY: It would be foolish to read this Psalm and ponder it but not do it! So, confess any known sin to the Lord. Come clean with your Heavenly Father. Receive the blessing and joy of knowing that in Christ you are clean; in Christ there is nothing between you and God. Don’t be a mule! What sin struggle do you have that you ought to chat with the Father about today? “Father, having confessed my sin, I know you are faithful and righteous to cleanse me through Jesus Christ my Lord. Thank you! What joy and gladness there is when I am free and clean and walking in your steadfast love!”

 

Tuesday, February 9

Read Psalm 33

THINK: Shout for joy, play skillfully, sing a new song, give thanks: truly God is worthy of our exuberant worship! His character is worthy of our worship. His awesome creation inspires our worship. His counsel is far greater than the governments of nations, and far more lasting. Their armies cannot save them where the sovereignty of God is concerned. So, fear the Lord! Hope in his steadfast love. Wait, hope, trust–he will deliver his people in his time! Imagine yourself as a great composer dreaming up a grand melody to do justice to this magnificent song of worship.

 

PRAY: How does a believer, a child of God, respond in prayer to such a marvelous psalm/song/poem? Do you sing your response? Shout it out loud? Play your musical instrument? Yes! You could do any or all of these. Or simply pray through the lines, one by one, making Psalm 33 your very own prayer of worship to God who alone is worthy. We are seeing in these days the limitations of human governments, armies, courts of justice. We are being humbled. God alone holds the key! Come, Lord Jesus! Maranatha.

 

Wednesday, February 10

Read Psalm 34

THINK: An acrostic poem (each verse beginning with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet), Psalm 34 has inspired generations of songwriters and composers. Note the rich verbs of worship; how many can you count? Who is it that worships and seeks the Lord? In what circumstances does the psalmist tell us to call upon the Lord and seek him? Notice the contrast between those who pursue righteousness and those who pursue wickedness. V. 20 sounds a messianic note near the conclusion of the psalm. Today is the perfect day to “Taste and see that the Lord is good!”

 

PRAY: This is another of the psalms that is easy to make your very own. Pray through the 22 verses (there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet). Let this marvelous poem lead you into worship, asking God for help, confessing any struggle with sin, telling God of your fears, and thanking God for Jesus. Rejoice that “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1; see Psalm 34:22). Take refuge in your Heavenly Father today!

 

Thursday, February 11

Read Psalm 35

THINK: The context of this psalm is obvious: it’s a battle! Weapons are needed. What is a buckler? Through Jesus Christ, God has said to you, “I am your salvation!” David has violent enemies who seek his life, but God can easily handle them. The angel of the Lord will carry out his will. The defeat of the enemy will lead to joyous exultation. David also has accusers who mock and lie and return his compassion with hate. Yet, concerning these also, the Lord will vindicate his servant. Those opponents will be put to shame. No matter who opposes you, say, “Great is the Lord!”

 

PRAY: Do you feel discouraged by opposition? Perhaps there are people who mock your faith, belittle your commitment to Jesus, and ridicule your Christ-centered life priorities. They might be in your neighborhood, in the workplace, or your extended family. Tell the Father all about it! Ask him for courage, boldness, endurance, and perseverance. Rest in his ability to handle whatever your “enemies” might conjure up, especially our enemy the evil one. Thank God for the victory that is ours through Jesus. Thank him for the Holy Spirit. Conclude your prayer by affirming, “Great is the Lord!”

 

Friday, February 12

Read Psalm 36

THINK: Yesterday’s psalm spoke of the righteous suffering at the hands of enemies. This psalm speaks of those wicked ones. They flatter themselves and refuse to fear God. They plot trouble and speak deceitfully. Do you know anyone like that? Take heart, you righteous ones! That is not the way. God will help and protect you. God’s character is marked by faithfulness, steadfast love, and righteousness. Take refuge in him! Evildoers will fall in God’s time.

 

PRAY: Fight discouragement with the character of God! Find hope in the truth that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and our Father is faithful and true. Are you struggling with uncertainty? Tell the Lord. Place yourself in his arms of refuge. Don’t be afraid to admit your struggles, doubts, and fears. Be frank with God, then rest in his character and promises, and receive the blessing that “with you is the fountain of life” (v. 9). As Valentine’s Day approaches, pray for your beloved ones. Place them in refuge of grace!

 

Weekend, February 13-14

Read John 18:12-27

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: What did Caiaphas consider “expedient?” What stands out to you as you read the exchange between Jesus and Annas the priest? Why did Jesus emphasize that he had taught nothing in secret? What did the Jewish leaders seem to be looking for?

   As for Peter’s denials, what word from Jesus was fulfilled by them? Who do you think “the other disciple” was? What does that tell us about this account of Peter’s denials?

 

PRAY: Pray for our pastors as they prepare and preach on these next steps on “The Road to the Resurrection.” Thank God that there were eyewitnesses who recorded these events leading to the cross, very personal, first-person, detailed accounts. Praise God that there is nothing “secret” in the gospel of Jesus Christ! Pray for those who are devoted to sharing the good news of Jesus with all the peoples of the world.

 

FAITH GROUP: Discuss the mastery of John’s gospel account here, as it intersperses the stories of Peter’s denial with Jesus Christ before Annas. Why do you think John tells the story this way? Talk also about Peter’s denials; have you ever surprised yourself by denying the Lord Jesus? What motivated you to do so? What momentary crisis did that involve? What was the crisis for Peter? What can we gain from this for our walk of faith?