Bible Readings: June 7-13 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 Jun 7-13

Monday, June 7

Read Psalm 119:33-48

THINK: Our study of the Psalm 119 acrostic poem continues.

He – We need our heavenly Father to teach us through his word, give us understanding and lead us. In turn, we respond by keeping it, observing it wholeheartedly, and delighting to do so. In other words, we aren’t just “hearers” but “doers” (see James 1:22). We turn from selfishness and worthless things to the promises of God and his ways, which give us true life.   Waw – This section describes a Godward life; a life lived in alignment with the precepts and promises of God. God’s way is our hope, our delight, our “wide place.”

 

PRAY: Thank God for the Scriptures. Ask him to lead you by the truth of his word: lead you in how to follow Jesus, lead you in living a gospel-centered life, lead you in faith, hope, and love. Ask God to help you delight in his word, to cherish its truth and relish its nourishment for your soul. Ask God to enable you to live a truly Godward life, a life aligned with him in every way. VBS is one month away! Pray for Angela and her team and for every child who will attend. Pray that Christ would be glorified in every way.

 

Tuesday, June 8

Read Psalm 119:49-64

THINK: Zayin – What is the psalmist’s comfort in affliction? How does the word of God comfort your soul in times of hardship or heartache? How do you respond to wicked people doing sinful things? When you are sleepless, what do you remember?   Heth – “The Lord is my portion.” What does that mean? Is the Lord your portion? Do you ask God for his favor? Could you say that you “hasten and do not delay” in obeying God? Do you worship God in the nighttime hours when he awakens you?

 

PRAY: For two thousand years Christians have struggled to pray and be faithful when facing affliction and hardships. Right now, take to the Father your own heartaches and struggles. Ask God to give you the fulness of his Spirit to walk in faithfulness and obedience in your current circumstances. Praise the Lord for every good and perfect gift he has sent your way, including life itself and new life in Jesus. Tell God how much he means to you! Express your love to him! Express to God how much you desire his favor and help. Pray for the youth and adults on the Kansas City service project today!

 

Wednesday, June 9

Read Psalm 119:65-80

THINK: Teth – Do you want to know how God will deal with you? His word will tell you! So be wise and align with his commands. We are certainly not perfect (v.67), but it is always the right time to repent, get right with God, and renew your walk. Affliction will bring growth if we look to God’s word and obey it by faith. It’s better than gold!

Yodh – God made you! No one knows you like God knows you. God’s commands are for our good; he knows what’s best for us! (Truly, the Father knows best!) We take joy in knowing that the steadfast love and mercy of God will carry us in all circumstances.

 

PRAY: Write down a prayer of response to the “gold” of these verses.

 

 

Thursday, June 10

Read Psalm 119:81-96

THINK: Kaph – Longing in a time of hard things is a common human experience. For what do you long? Our poet longs for salvation and the promise of God to be fulfilled. Let us long for the same! Falsehoods, pitfalls, persecution–these all call for endurance. How does the writer endure? Lamedh – How long will God’s word last? How long will God be faithful? What difference does that make for us? What does this mean: “All things are your servants”? It is a beautiful and faith-filled statement to make to God: “I am yours.”

 

PRAY: Say to God, “I am yours!” Tell him what your heart longs for, and ask him to give what he deems best for you. What are you currently enduring? Ask your heavenly Father for endurance, strength, and persevering faith. Ask God to help you keep your eyes firmly fixed on Jesus. Praise him for his faithfulness, which is great, and his mercies which are new every morning. “Father, let me never forget your grace and love and help me always walk in truth. Amen.”

 

Friday, June 11

Read Psalm 119:97-112

THINK: Mem – Do you love the word of God? Do you think about it often, taking it to heart? (That you are doing these readings is good evidence that you do!) God’s word gives wisdom and understanding. It enhances discernment of sin and evil to avoid. How sweet, like honey, but even sweeter, is God’s word! Nun – V.105 is one of the most familiar in the psalm; many of us memorized it as children. It lights the path of life for the follower of Christ. Yes, there are evil people who set snares for Christians. But if we follow God’s guidance, we can keep out of the traps and walk uprightly. Walk in God’s way! It’s the very best inclination for those seeking to be holy.

 

PRAY: Can you think of a time in your life when the lamp and light of God’s word kept you from ungodly decisions and calamity? Thank God for guiding you through his word. Thank him for lighting the path of life for you through his word. Tell God that you love his word, and that you love living in alignment with it. Ask God for growing wisdom and understanding. Ask God to help you keep out of traps set by the Evil One and those under his influence.

Pray for our Sunday School and Faith U teachers who share the word with children, youth, and adults.

 

Weekend, June 12-13

Read Philippians 1:3-11 and I Thessalonians 4:1-8

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: God has begun a good work in you! He took out your heart of stone and gave you a heart of flesh. He gave you the precious gift of repentance and faith. God as Judge pronounced you justified and made you his child through Jesus Christ his Son. And the work he began, he will complete! He will never leave his justified children without the guidance of his word or the fulness of the Holy Spirit. He will grow you! That is his work of sanctification. Sanctification is God’s will. He has provided the means to help us walk in it: the Bible, Christian worship and fellowship, the body of Christ, prayer, and spiritual gifts. The Bible is clear on holiness, such as sexual purity and the like, and the Holy Spirit prompts us to obey God’s word. God’s plan for you is growth into maturity.

 

PRAY: Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit and deepen your love to know his word and obey it! Rejoice and thank him that he has promised to complete the good work that he has begun in you as a child of God.

  Pray for the pastors preaching on this great biblical subject of sanctification. Pray for professing believers who are struggling in their walk with Christ.

 

FAITH GROUP: Talk about the practical aspects of sanctification.  How has God grown you? What has had the greatest impact on your growth as a believer? What would you recommend to new believers or those whose walk with God has grown stale, for spiritual renewal and personal revival? Pray for each other on this vital topic of sanctification.