Welcome to the In His Presence Bible reading Summary for week 3! I had scheduled this post to be active this morning, but the blog scheduler did not work appropriately! So I’m sorry for the delay and regret that I’m posting this now. I was in a conference all day today and didn’t check email or activity until just now! My apologies!! Let’s take a look at what God had for us this week.
The new leader had been appointed over God’s people in our#inhispresence #biblereading challenge today. And the formula for success was spelled out to them. Meditate in the Word day and night; keep it before you and do it. Then you will have good success. But God knew that fear would lurk and so he gives them the promise. He is with them every step of the way; there is no need to fear! When we spend time with him, we receive the reassurance of his presence. No matter the path we walk, he is with us. Sometimes we just need the reminder of that.
I’ve been reflecting on today’s#inhispresence #biblereading passage for a couple hours now. (Luke 19:23-27) I’m guilty of giving all kinds of reasons for missing my time In God’s presence. I won’t list those because I’m guessing you know what they are. But the bottom line is that I have to deny myself. Daily. Easier said than done, huh? But the strength I gain from spending time with Jesus far outweighs the weakness I endure from trying to take the day on without Him. Amen?“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” #inhispresence#biblereading What love really looks like.#biblejournaling #noteworthytruth#illustratedfaith Luke 9:23
If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” #inhispresence#biblereading What love really looks like.#biblejournaling #noteworthytruth#illustratedfaith Luke 9:23
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. When I read this passage this week, I was reminded of all the times I go to God with my list of requests and I fail to praise him for what he has already accomplished. What a challenge from this psalm today!
I love that this verse begins with “but.” Because the psalmist had a ton of reasons to worry, fear, and agonize over his circumstances. But God is near! He knew that no matter what came his way, he could walk through it with his Lord. Maybe you need to write a list of your toughest hurdles today. And at the end of the list, write out this verse in capital letters. We do not serve a far-away God. Have no fear; your God is near!! #biblereading#inhispresence
2 Cor. 5:16-21
Paul calls it “new life in Christ.” I can hardly imagine what his old life was like before he met Christ, but the Bible tells us it was a complete turnaround for Paul. The persecutor, the one who hated the early church in the name of religion, had found Jesus. And the sharp contrast in his treatment of others made everyone take notes. This “ministry of reconciliation.” God longs to restore people to himself through Jesus. Since Adam and Eve made the first turn away from him, everything in history has happened so that we might be reconciled to God. Is there some one who needs your ministry of reconciliation today? It could be as simple as a kind word of encouragement. Because when you’ve spent time #inhispresence , you want nothing more than to share that opportunity with others. #biblereading
As I’ve journaled today’s#inhispresence passage, I kept dreaming of and praying for those Jesus might use little ol’ me to point the way to him. That’s the ministry of reconciliation- knowing where the Water is and telling others where to find it. Our privilege of being in his presence will prompt us to share him with others.#biblejournaling #biblereading#noteworthytruth #illustratedfaith
When you feel yourself needing a distance from the cares of this world, he is near. When you choose to express your need for him, he is near. When the truth of who you are sinks into your soul, namely that you are his child and he loves you, he is near. And even when you haven’t chosen his way, he is near. Enjoy the gift of being#inhispresence today! #biblereading Psalm 145:14-21
My portion. I weighed those words heavily this morning. I’ve had times when I’ve met with God and I felt like his word is a buffet. I could fill my plate time and time again and feel like I could never stop devouring his word. And while those times of study are meat for me and they provide spiritual nutrition and I wouldn’t want to live without them…the truth is that Jesus must be my portion. My daily sustenance. My moment by moment life-giving nourishment and strength. Then when I’m at the same point as the psalmist was earlier in this chapter, when “no one cares for my soul,” I will breathe in your grace and know that yes, You.are.my.portion. #inhispresence#biblereading
God really spoke to me through His Word this week. I truly enjoyed being in his presence. I hope you did too; I’d love to hear from you today.
By his grace,