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Zechariah 6:1-7:14 ~ Revelation 15:1-8 ~ Psalm 143:1-12 ~ Proverbs 30:24-28
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Busy this week with Christmas - full post's with images will be back on December 26th. Merry Christmas!
Old Testament - Bible.org's commentary on today's readings in Zechariah titled "Oracles Concerning Hypocritical Fasting" is at this link.
New Testament - Bible.org's commentary on today's readings in Revelation chapter 15 titled "Prelude to the Seven Last Plagues" is at this link and "The End is in Sight" is at this link.
Psalms - Psalm 143 verse 8 stood out to me today - "Let me hear of your unfailing love to me in the morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I have come to you in prayer." I read somewhere before - I think it was Bruce Wilkinson's book "Secrets of the Vine" - that many great men and women of our Christian faith connect with God in the morning through prayer, reading the Bible, and other quiet time activities. Bruce even suggested that this is the preferential way to go - to start your day by spending time with God in the morning, rather than at night. Because he said this would then transform the rest of your day - in terms of being more conscientious of our relationship with God. This does make sense to me - and in fact, I have started reading the One Year Bible now in the mornings, and it is a beautiful way to start the day! I like what this Psalmist says - "Let me hear of your unfailing love to me in the morning." And it reminds me that somehow, someway, it almost seems easier to me to connect with God in the morning. Actually - one other thing I used to do in the morning is read a page or two from Oswald Chambers "My Utmost For His Highest." And I am thankful that I did this in the morning for a season. How about you? Do you have some way that you connect with God in the morning? Are you able in some way to hear of God's unfailing love for you in the morning?
YouTube: As it is Christmas Eve, here is "Oh Holy Night" with Josh Groban singing:
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Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: "Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed." Revelation 15:4 (NIV)
Prayer Point: Pray that you are bringing glory to God's name with your worship and life. Pray that you are evangelizing others to fear the Lord and worship Him now and forevermore.
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My time with God has been in the morning for several years. It sure does keep my day close to Him. I think I started to do this because of what Jesus said to love Him with all our heart and soul and mind and strength. All of these seem to function best in the morning for me because there are no other distractions.
It's funny how your verse today is verse 8 in Psalm 143. I have never seen that verse, even after just reading it. I'm keeping that one within easy reach for sure!
God has been speaking to me about purpose and direction over the course of this year. I am trusting God to direct and teach me to follow his will. As it says in Psalm 143:10: "Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing."
May you and your family have a blessed Christmas.
Posted by: Johnnie | December 23, 2018 at 10:37 PM
After doing some stretches first thing in the morning, I pour a cup of coffee and begin reading/listening to this Bible blog. This often leads to walking and praying. This offering you give to us amazes me. Thank you for your devotion to keeping us accountable to God's will.
Posted by: Judith Apt | December 24, 2018 at 06:50 AM