Devotion Day 86 - through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 86 – James 3:13 (or for me all of James) – 3rd John.

I was able to read all of James to Jude, so now only have the Book of Revelation to read. It feels good to be nearing the end of the readings through the Bible in 90 days or so. It reminds me of when I ran and walked the Boulder Boulder 10 K run in Boulder, Colorado. It was during my running days and my nephew and his wife were able to come and run it with me. They ran it, they were and are very athletic. I ran and walked it, since I was older and then living in Wichita, Kansas. They were from Seattle, even lower in elevation. I’d run/walked the race and rounded the corner where I could see the University of Colorado stadium where the finish line was. I ran that last half a mile or so, it was great seeing the finish line. I have a similar feeling as I turn to start reading the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation. More on that later.

Here are the nuggets I walk away with from James – Jude.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22)

In James we hear the importance of doing/living the faith not just believing the faith. James believes it’s in the doing of the word that we really show that we believe and are saved. And I have to say Amen, for what the world often sees is how we live out our faith.

I’ve always really liked reading 1st & 2nd Peter, 1st, 2nd & 3rd John for they seem to be written to Christians in many places and times.

 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1st Peter 1:3-5)

24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1st Peter 2:24)

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (2nd Peter 1:5-7)

Not much to say about all that except. Amen and Amen.

Then from 1st John comes this command that our Lord also gave unto us. I really like John 3:16-17 and quote it often, but I find this passage from 1st John 4:9-10 to be just as powerful and clear and should be memorized as well.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. …

16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. …

19 We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:7-12, 16, 19)

Our Lord said it unto his disciples and then his disciples said it to the early believers and now today God says it unto us; “love one another for I am love”. So, may we do as our Lord has commanded us and love others as he has loved us.

I’ll now be turning to the final book of the Bible the book of The Revelation of John. Many go to it to see the road map to the end of times. It’s been interpreted many a way. Since we’ll be reading it quickly look once again for the nuggets that help you live today. In other portions of our readings I’ve heard God’s word saying; focus upon today, tomorrow will take care of itself. The professor on the video for the New Testament readings said and I agree; “the book of Revelation can be summed up in two words; God wins.”

Let us now begin our final sprint in reading God’s word in 90 days.

Day 87 – Jude 1 – Revelation 17:18

Day 88 – Revelation 18:1 – 22:21

Day 89 & 90 are grace days in the schedule. So what I might do is break of the reading of Revelation into four readings or at least three. I’ll see, how my days goes.

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