Bible Readings: Mar 1-7 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 Mar 1-7

Monday, March 1

Read Psalm 49

THINK: Often wealth is extolled, and the accumulation of money and things is the standard of success. Is that wise? No. Warren Wiersbe summarizes the psalm this way: 1) Your wealth cannot prevent death. 2) Your wealth cannot go with you. 3) Your wealth cannot buy permanent fame. He closes, “Verse 15 reveals the believer’s assurance of future resurrection (I Thess. 4:13-18). That is what conquers death and makes life worth living (I Cor. 15:58; I Pet.1:3).” Do you struggle with envy toward the rich and ‘successful’? This Psalm helps us keep life in perspective and our priorities straight.
PRAY: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said we cannot serve God and money (mammon). Ask God to help you think of money and possessions in a wise and godly and kingdom-minded way. Ask him to help you keep a healthy perspective and not make money an idol as so many do. Express to God your desire to be both a generous giver and a cheerful one! Thank God for the amazing promise of resurrection from the dead! Ask God to give you grace for loving others and loving him with your whole heart this week.

Tuesday, March 2

Read Psalm 50

THINK: Asaph voices the Lord speaking, first to the righteous (1-15) and then to the wicked, “you who forget God” (16-23). He is the Mighty One and righteous Judge, and he desires a faithful people who will keep covenant with him. They bring him sacrifices, as they should, and yet God’s greater desire is their hearts. He doesn’t need their animals; he desires integrity, faithfulness, and their prayers (14-15). The wicked may “talk” the words of covenant, but their behavior betrays them. Name the sins they commit (17-20). Genuine faith is revealed by thanksgiving and the obedience of faith (v.23). Do your “talk” and your “walk” align with faith in Christ?
PRAY: We have all struggled with hypocrisy at one time or another. It is the misalignment of our words with our actions. Admit this to our Father. Ask him for grace and the Spirit to enable you to walk with Jesus in faithfulness and integrity. Ask him to help you today to live in a way that reveals your thanksgiving to God and trust in him.

How will your faith in Christ be challenged today? Tell it to the Lord. Ask him to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Express your thanks to God for every good and perfect gift in your life.

Wednesday, March 3

Read Psalm 51

THINK: The superscription attributes this psalm to David when Nathan confronted him about his adultery with Bathsheba. It is a prayer of heartfelt, earnest contrition and confession of sin. Do you find it strange that although Bathsheba was pregnant with his child and her husband dead in battle that David prays, “Against you, you only, have I sinned”? Why do you think he prays this way? What attributes of God are at the heart of his cry? Why is it a good thing to have a broken spirit and contrite heart? What does David promise to do upon being cleansed and restored in his relationship with God?
PRAY: Honestly confessing sin to God. It is something we all need to do on a regular basis. This psalm is a template for how it’s done. Pray through the lines yourself, line by line, thought by thought. Fill in the blanks with your own sin struggles and be honest with our Heavenly Father. Know that in doing so, it is through the precious blood of Jesus Christ that your sins are washed. Praise God for his heart transplant surgery! Tell others what Christ has done for you.

Thursday, March 4

Read Psalm 52

THINK: This psalm rises from the story of Doeg the Edomite, who at Saul’s instruction killed priests who were aligned with David (I Sam. 21-22; why don’t you turn to these chapters and review this narrative?). It is a warning to the wicked as well as an affirmation of trusting God and waiting for him. How does David describe the wicked person (2-4)? How will God respond to their evil doings (5)? How does the righteous then respond to this situation (6-9)? Would you say that these last verses describe your trust in God?
PRAY: The psalmist vividly describes the destructive power of a deceitful, lying tongue. How are you doing with your tongue? Pray about that. Then pray about your trust in God. Tell God that he is your refuge! Ask him to make you a “healthy olive tree in the house of God” with a growing trust in his steadfast love. Then pray with thanksgiving to God for all he has done for you. Continue to pray for a mighty work of God’s Spirit in our nation and for its leaders.

Friday, March 5

Read Psalm 53

THINK: What has the fool said? Memorize v.1. Does “there is none who does good” sound familiar? Where else is it found? (Answer: Romans 3. Compare this psalm with it for an insightful study.) This psalm is almost identical to Psalm 14, so compare the two psalms as well. Are there differences? These evildoers treat God’s people with contempt and cruelty, they “eat up my people as they eat bread,” yet God will respond in his time. God will scatter their bones. The psalm closes with longing for the salvation of God to come. And we know of its fulfillment! Grace and truth came in Jesus Christ!
PRAY: We live in a time when sin is not taken seriously by many in our nation and world. To those who think that God does not care about human behavior, who treat sin casually and even lightheartedly, this psalm speaks prophetically. God will respond! In prayer, acknowledge that sin is serious with God. If God’s Spirit brings any unconfessed sin to mind, admit that to God right now. After acknowledging sin, then rejoice in the promise of I John 1:9, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin through Jesus Christ! Hallelujah, what a Savior! Thank God for such a great salvation.

Submit your weekend to the Lord. Ask God to use you today.

 

Weekend, March 6-7

Read John 19:1-16

 
  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: These verses are hard to read. The mistreatment, the mockery, and the injustice of our Lord are hard to stomach. Imagine if your loved one were treated this way! Jesus is your loved one, and he was treated this way. Shortly before, Pilate had declared, “I find no guilt in him.” But Pilate lacked the courage and fortitude to do the right thing. His weakness was a tool in the hand of God, who sent his Son to die for us. Note all the imagery and declarations that confirm the reality: Jesus is the King!  
  PRAY: Pray for our pastors preaching on this vivid and image-rich text of Scripture this Sunday. Pray for wisdom in clearly communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for our worship teams who will lead us to the throne of grace. Ask God to deepen your love for Jesus and faith in him as we continue on The Road to the Resurrection. Pray for the truth of Jesus’s mistreatment and death to deeply impact our children and youth. May Christ be glorified!  
  FAITH GROUP: What stands out most vividly to you as you reread this passage and reflect on it? Why did they crown Jesus with a crown of thorns and place a purple robe on him? What motivated the religious leaders to shout, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Discuss the predicament of Pontius Pilate. Why do you think he succumbed to the wishes of the crowd when he knew an injustice was being committed?