January 21, 2023
DAY 21 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses for Today: Matthew 6:33-34
Our journey today takes us up a mountain, to Jesus’s sermon on the mount, beginning with the beatitudes. What is a beatitude? Webster’s New World Collegiate Dictionary defines beatitude as supreme happiness. Others define beatitude as a supreme blessing. The common denominator in all the definitions is the reference to, “The Sermon On The Mount,” wherein Jesus presented the eight blessings: “The Beatitudes!”
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Matthew 5-7. Read Matthew 5-7. Let’s journey!
Matthew 5-7: The Sermon on The Mount and The Beatitudes is one of the most recognizable of Jesus’ teachings. Simply stated, Matthew 5-7 tells us how to live a righteous life in God’s eyes. It tells that living a righteous life is challenging. The Beatitudes tell us that living a life pleasing to God is to be the primary focus of our life. It also tells us that living a righteous life is a choice: it is an individual choice each and every one of us must make. There is no middle of the road. No one is exempt. A decision, a choice, must be made. Reflect on how many times in just the first three weeks of our Journey Through The Bible In A Year the concept of free will came up! Free will is the ability to make choices. The most important choice we are required to make is whether to follow Jesus or not. This is the only choice we make that has eternal effects. (Matthew 5:1-7:29)
The focus verses for today:
33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:33-34, NIV)
Our Journey Through The Bible In A Year is to help us understand God. It is a journey of learning to relate to God – communicate with Him. It is a journey about surrendering all aspects of our life to Him for His glory. Where does your trust lie? Did you know that worry is a sin? It is sin because it demonstrates a failure to trust God to guide you through whatever circumstance you are in that causes concern which grows to distress.
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