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Helping You Read the Bible Daily

January 3rd – #FIRST15

     Thanks for joining us on this journey of building a consistent habit of reading our Bibles every day. The Bible reading plan we are using this year can be found here: One Year Bible or here on the Bible app. As always, if you miss a day, don’t feel compelled to go back and catch up. Just skip it and start back on today’s date. I am reading the NLT this year, but feel free to use whatever version you prefer. Now here are some thoughts from today’s readings:

     One interesting thought from our Old Testament passages is that Noah’s grandfather, Methuselah (the oldest man to ever live), most likely died in the flood. That may not have any practical application, but it is a neat thought that many overlook. Now to our devotional…

     In the New Testament, we see Jesus get baptized and then the Holy Spirit leads Him into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Doesn’t that seem odd? But it reminds us that for ever spiritual high, there is a wilderness season coming, so we must pray and fast as Jesus did to be prepared for the battles ahead. If Jesus Himself was not excluded from those seasons, don’t think you will be either.

    On the other hand, there is another way to look at your wilderness seasons. Once Jesus came out of the wilderness, He embarked on a 3 year journey that would ultimately change the world. What if you started seeing your wilderness seasons, those seasons of loneliness and obscurity, as just a set by God to launch you into a new, life changing season? I bet you would approach such tough seasons with a heart to fast and pray like Jesus did, instead of whine and complain like we often do!

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