Week Thirty — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Works of Elijah — I Kings 21: 18-19

Sunday, July 24

I Kings 21:18-19 Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria.  He is now in Naboth’s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it.  Say to him “This is what the Lord says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?”  Then say to him, “This is what the Lord says:  in the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood – yes yours!

Prayer:  God, our Heavenly Father, may we count as precious the life of all your children.

Thought for the day: There is no replacement price for life lost.

Monday, July 25

Genesis 4: 9, 10 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied.  “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The Lord said, “What have you done.  Listen! Your bother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.

Prayer:  O God, may we fulfill our obligation as our brothers’ keeper.

Thought for the day:  God mourns for all victims of violence and wrongful death.

Tuesday, July 26

Ezekiel 18:4 For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son – both alike belong to me.  The soul who sins is the one who will die.

Prayer:  Almighty God, we confess that we have sinned.

Thought for the day:  If sin is an offence against an eternal God, how can it become a forgotten thing of days past?

Wednesday, July 27

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Prayer: O Jesus, where there was no hope we find hope in you.

Thought for the day:  For all ailments of the soul there is a cure.

Thursday, July 28

Psalm 103: 2, 3 Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.

Prayer:  Lord God, the very thought that you would offer us forgiveness is cause to stop and give you praise.

Thought for the day:  Greater is the heart of one who forgives than the heart of one who harbors a grudge.

Friday, July 29

I John 1: 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Prayer: Jesus, just now as we pray you hear every confession we whisper to you.

Thought for the day:  Jesus is ready to take confessions 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Saturday, July 30

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Prayer:  O God, the sacrifice of Jesus to save us is so incredible.  It is the ultimate sacrifice of love.

Thought for the day: A popular chorus says, “You though I was worth saving.”
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