Prayer Focus

21 The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll. Jehudi brought it from Elishama’s room and read it to the king as all his officials stood by. 22 It was late autumn, and the king was in a winterized part of the palace, sitting in front of a fire to keep warm. 23 Each time Jehudi finished reading three or four columns, the king took a knife and cut off that section of the scroll. He then threw it into the fire, section by section, until the whole scroll was burned up. 24 Neither the king nor his attendants showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard. 25 Even when Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah begged the king not to burn the scroll, he wouldn’t listen (Jeremiah 36).

Certainly, no true Christ-follower ever reads Scripture with the same intention as King Jehoaikim – slicing and dicing the parts they don’t like.  Yet, I fear that our hearts are too often exposed when our attitudes and behaviors demonstrate a disregard to God’s Word that amounts to slicing and dicing.

Pray today for God’s Word to be effectual in your heart!

12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable (Hebrews 4:12-13).

Oct. 13 sermon recording

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Legacy assignments for Oct. 15

Abraham (pg.1190)

Real Heroes (pg. 1191)

A Look Back (pg. 773)

 

Abraham: Genesis 12:1-2

What specific, perhaps surprising, steps have you taken in your life based on your faith in God?

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See article on page 1190 of the Legacy Bible.

Related scripture: Gen. 11:27-25:11; Ex. 2:23-3:16; Josh. 24:1-4; Neh. 9:7-8, Ps. 105:5-11; Is. 51:1-2;

Micah 7:18-20; Matt. 1:1-2; Luke16:19-31; John 8:31-59; Acts7:1-8; Rom. 4; Gal. 3; Heb. 2:16; 6:13-7:10;

11:8-19; James 2:21-23

 

 

Real Heroes:  Hebrews 11

 

Hebrews 11 has often been referred to as God’s “Hall of Fame of Faith.” Each person mentioned is

singled out as a model of faith (see verse 6).

 

My favorite Biblical person (or story) is:

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Here’s why:

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Related scripture:  Proverbs 3:5-6; John 20:24-29; Romans 1:16-17

 

A Look Back 

I chose my occupation…

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Devotional Thought

The Anchor of the Soul

Hebrews 6:19 states, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,” as a reminder that God is all we need in this life.  In life’s trials, sufferings and testing, Christ is our anchor.  An anchor is a heavy piece of metal used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water preventing the craft from drifting due to wind or currents.  As we read this imagery, Christ the anchor for our soul, we quickly see the picture the author of Hebrews is trying to give us.  Christ is our anchor, the One who prevents us from drifting in life and who is our hope (confidence).  This hope of salvation is then sure (unquestionable, guaranteed) and steadfast (unwavering, persistent).

Prayer Focus

I recently read a list of five important motivations to pray:

  • Prayer empties the heart of its worries.
  • Prayer acknowledges that the answer is beyond our ability.
  • Decisions and directions come from prayer.
  • Prayer builds a real relationship with God.
  • Prayer changes us.

Consider this list.  Surely there is something here that will motivate you to pray.

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16).

Oct. 5 sermon recording

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Legacy assignments for Oct. 8

Jeremiah (pg.749)

God’s 911 (pg. 1184)

Hope for the Future (pg. 757)

 

Jeremiah: Jeremiah 9:23-24

When do you most feel God’s presence?

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See article on page 749 of the Legacy Bible.

Related scripture: 2 Chronicles 35-36 and the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations.

 

God’s 911:  Hebrews 4:14-16

 

Hebrews explains that we can find the help we need when we need it because of what Jesus has done.

In our time of need, we can come boldly into God’s presence and experience His mercy and grace.

 

 I called out to God for help during this difficult time in my life

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God’s mercy and grace helped me in my time of need by…

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Related scripture: Psalm 34; Matthew 7:7-11; Ephesians 3:12; 1 Peter 5:6-7

 

Hope for the Future:  Jeremiah 29:10-14

In the book of Jeremiah, God promises to give His people hope and a future. It’s easy to feel discouraged

and oppressed, especially when we struggle through tough times. The great promise recorded in these verses,

however, gives us reason to look forward to the future.

 

Looking back, this is how I have often felt during times of hardship:

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This is how I know God has good plans for me, giving me hope and a future:

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Related scripture: Genesis 50:19-21; Romans 5:1-5, 8:28; Ephesians 2:1-7

Devotional Thought

Are you the Lord’s linen belt?  Is your relationship with God that close?  Do you honor, revere, and study the Word of God?  If you are not daily in the Scriptures then you will have no guide to keep you from following your own stubborn heart.  How can you listen to God if you are not reading his Word?  The Lord desires you to be His people for His renown and praise and honor… but if you will not listen to Him then you will be as good as a ruined linen belt cast aside among the rocks of Perath [cf. Jeremiah 13:1-11].