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February 2nd: Exodus 29-30; Matthew 21:23-46

Today's Bible Reading: Exodus 29-30; Matthew 21:23-46

Supplemental Commentary:  PP pgs 349 - 350 DA pgs 580 - 588 PP pgs 349 - 350

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

God meets with His people at the Sanctuary so He can be with them, which has been His desire from the beginning. Jesus trys to reach and convict the chief priets and elders of the people through parables.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

All of the sacrifices pointed to Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross for our sins. God desires the children of Irael to know that He is their God who delivered them from Egypt. He wants us to know that He is the one who delivers and saves us and wants to dwell amoung us. Jesus is the Son of the Owner of the vineyard that was killed by the wicked vinedressers in the parable.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

I long to be with you and make you holy. Heed My voice and listen to My instructions.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

"And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them. I am the Lord their God." Exodus 29:46

January 27th: Ex 16-18; Matt 18:1-20

Today's Bible Reading: Exodus 16-18; Matthew 18:1-20

Supplemental Commentary: Desire of Ages pgs 432 - 442; Patriarchs & Prophets pgs 291 - 302

 

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

He is our Deliverer who hears our complaints against Him. He provides for us and holds us accountable to His laws of love. He fights for us and is orderly in practical administration. He cares about literal and spiritual children. He saves and cares for the lost like a good shepherd. When we gather He is with us.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

God is the Deliverer who saves Israel inspite of their weak, feeble and complaining nature. He continues to graciously do for Israel what they cannot do for themselves. Jesus says He came to save that which was lost.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

I hear your concerns. You need a team to delegate to. Be humble and go directly to your brother who offends you.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

So it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you. If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will go to their place in peace. Exodus 18:22b-23

January 26th: Exodus14-15; Matthew 17

Today's Bible Reading: Exodus14-15; Matthew 17

Supplemental Commentary: Patriarchs & Prophets pgs 283 - 290Desire of Ages pgs 419 – 431

 

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

He is Savior and a Mighty Deliverer. He is a merciful Redeemer. He is patient with those who are slow learners and wants to increase our faith in Him.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

The saving and delivering of the children of Israel at the Red Sea prefigures what Jesus would accomplish for us with a mighty deliverance from sin at the cross. Jesus shared with His disciples that HE was going to be betrayed, crucified and then rise from the dead the 3rd day.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. I go before you and fight for you. Have faith in me and I will move mountains for you. Be more intentional about fasting and prayer.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. Exodus 14:13

January 19th: Genesis 46-48; Matthew 13:1-30

Today's Bible ReadingGenesis 46-48; Matthew 13:1-30 

Supplemental Commentary: Patriarchs and Prophets pgs 224 - 240

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

He is with us. He provides food. He redeems from evil. He sows good seed into the world.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

Jesus redeems us from evil, by dying on the cross for us. Joseph is a type Christ, was rejected, betrayed and handed over to his enemies. Joseph was exhalted and saved lives as Jesus, who is exhalted, saved us on the cross. Jesus taught in parables, stories of everyday life experience.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

He overrides the bad in my life for good. He is with me to bless me. Use relevant stories of everyday life experiences when I preach, like Jesus.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

Genesis 48:21 "God will be with you..."

December 24th: Habakkuk; Revelation 15

Today's Bible Reading: Habakkuk; Revelation 15

Supplemental Commentary: Prophets and Kings pgs 381 - 385; Acts of the Apostles pgs 592 

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading?

His ways are everlasting. He goes forth to save His people. He strengthens His people and is the source of their joy. He is a righteous judge. He is just, true and holy.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading?

"...the just shall live by faith" and that faith is in Christ and what He has done for us. "You went forth for the salvation of Your people, for salvation with Your Annointed" is here refering to Jesus, the annointed Messiah who would come to save the world. Because of what Jesus has done for us "I will joy in the God of my salvation." Jesus is refered to as the Lamb in the book of Revelation, which brings the mind back to the sacrifices in the temple that pointed forwad to Jesus' sacrifice for the world.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

No matter what is going on around you, trust in Me. Live by faith and I will bring the vision to pass, though it may tarry. Find your strength and your joy in Me. I am the God of your salvation.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

"Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation." Habakkuk 3:18

December 23rd: Nahum; Revelation 14

Today's Bible Reading: Nahum; Revelation 14

Supplemental Commentary: Prophets and Kings  pgs 349 - 366; Acts of the Apostles pgs 591

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

He is jealous, avenges and takes vengeance on His adversaries, yet He is slow to anger, great in power and will not acquit the wicked. He is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble and knows those who trust in Him. He restores and is a righteous judge.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading?

Jesus is the Lamb who has redeemed the 144,000 from the earth, who follow Him wherever He goes. The everlasting good news of Jesus Christ is proclaimed worldwide in three parts and those who share it keep His commandments and have the faith of Jesus. As a result of the global preaching of the 3 Angels messages, Jesus then harvest the earth.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

Stay with Me during the time of trouble. I will take care of the enemies. Trust in Me and have faith. Spread the gospel and follow Me wherever I go.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

"The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him." Nahum 1:7

 

December 12th: Hosea 9-11; Revelation 3

Today's Bible Reading: Hosea 9-11; Revelation 3

Supplemental Commentary: Prophets & Kings pgs 285 - 289; Acts of the Apostles pgs 580

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading?

He is the giver of righteousness. He loves and cares for His people. He draws us with gentleness, loves us and heals us. When His people rebel, His heart breaks, because He doesn't want to give us up. In light of this He says, "My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred." God the Holy One is faithful. He knows us very intimately, wants us to repent, gain the victory and join Him in heaven.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading?

Messianic prophecy in Hosea 11:1 "...out of Egypt I have called My son." In the gospels Jesus is the new Israel. Jesus is the Faithful and True Witness who gives us the white garments of His righteousness. He loves us, knocks on our hearts door and desires to abide with us.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

I love you and I know you very well. My heart is moved with compassion for you and will correct you, because I love you.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasen. Therefore be zealous and repent." Revelation 3:19

December 10th: Hosea 1-4; Revelation 1

Today's Bible ReadingHosea 1-4; Revelation 1

Supplemental Commentary: Prophets & Kings  pgs 293 - 300; Acts of the Apostles pgs 578

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading?

Merciful Savior, heart broken divine Husband, He allures or draws us to Himself and speaks comfort to us, He desires us as His bride and longs for us to know Him. He loves us and died to save us.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading?

The name Hosea is an Old Testament variant of Jesus, which means God saves. Jesus loves us and washed us from our sins in His own blood. Jesus is He who lives, and was dead, and behold is alive forever more. Amen.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

I will draw you to Myself as My wife. Even in your unfaithfulness, I remain faithful and desire for you to know Me. I love you and gave Myself for you. I dead and rose again so that I could give you life with Me forever. Trust Me with the future, for I will lead you through its ups and downs. Trust Me.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

Hosea 2:19-20 "I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in loving kindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the Lord."

December 9th: Daniel 11-12; Jude

Today's Bible ReadingDaniel 11-12; Jude

Supplemental Commentary: Prophets & Kings pgs 546 - 566

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading?

He is the Deliverer and Revealer of prophetic mysteries that we might have faith in Him at their fullfilment. He is gracious, merciful, Savior and Sanctifier. He loves us. Period.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading?

Jesus is Michael, the Prince of the covenant, who stands up for the deliverance of His people. He gives us grace and is able to keep us from stumbling, presenting us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceding joy.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

No matter what happens in the future, I am able to keep you from stumbling and deliver you. Stay in My love and I will present you faultless before Me with exceeding joy.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

Jude 21 "...keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus unto eternal life."

December 8th: Daniel 8-10; 3 John

Today's Bible ReadingDan 8-10; 3 John

Supplemental Commentary: PK pgs 538 – 545; 681 - 702 AA pgs 555 – 556

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading?

He is great, awesome, merciful and keeps His covenantal relationship with those who love Him and keep His commandments. He is merciful and forgives iniquities. He loves us and wants us to understand His prophetic truth.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading?

"...Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself..." "But in the middle of the week, He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering."Dan. 9:26 & 27

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

I love you, so you do not need to fear. I will reveal the future to you so you will know what to expect and that you will have faith and confidence in Me. I am working thruough the last day events to save you.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

Daniel 10:19 "And he said, "O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!"