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Julie Ferwerda Christian Blog and Commentary

OYB July 16

  • Julie Ferwerda
    Are you ready for change in 2009? Grab a One Year Bible (NLT), commit to reading it daily, and join Julie Ferwerda on an extraordinary adventure that will transform your life as you experience its relevance in a fresh, understandable way. In addition to 20+ years in Bible teaching ministry, Julie is a professional speaker and writer. Her works have appeared in publications such as Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, Christianity Today, Marriage Partnership, Brio, and Revolve Biblezines & Devotional Bible (for teens). She's also the author of "The Perfect Fit: Piecing Together True Love," and also the upcoming book, "One Million Arrows for God: Raising Your Children to Change the World." Learn more at www.JulieFerwerda.com.
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Today's One Year Bible Reading

1 Chronicles

22:8-10 "But the Lord said to me, ‘You have killed many men in the battles you have fought. And since you have shed so much blood in my sight, you will not be the one to build a Temple to honor my name. But you will have a son who will be a man of peace. I will give him peace with his enemies in all the surrounding lands. His name will be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel during his reign. He is the one who will build a Temple to honor my name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will secure the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.' Here is the picture of Solomon as a Christ-type (remember he is also a dual picture of the antichrist through his later disobedience and paganism). We mentioned in an earlier entry that David was a man of war and Solomon was a man of peace. They both prefigure Jesus in His millennial reign, as He will first be a warrior to establish peace. He will build the Millennial Temple.

23:30 And each morning and evening they stood before the Lord to sing songs of thanks and praise to him. Our orphans in India do this and it is so beautiful! I have a feeling that this is what the Kingdom will be like as well!

Romans

3:11-12 There is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one. Until recently, I didn't understand this verse. I used to think that some people seek for God on their own. But now I realize (from many scriptures) that none of us would seek God on our own. He finds us all when we aren't even looking for Him, right in the middle of our sin, rebellion, and unbelief, just like Paul on the road to Damascus. His grace is truly so much more amazing than I ever realized. We are so lost we don't even know we need Him until He intervenes and puts the ability to believe in our hearts. And He doesn't show favoritism (yesterday's reading).

3:21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets... This is exactly what the vision at the mount of Transfiguration was about when the disciples saw the vision of Moses and Elijah-it was a confirmation of the witness of the Law and the Prophets to the righteousness of God being manifested in Jesus.

3:21-23 (CLT) Yet now, apart from law, a righteousness of God is manifest (being attested by the law and the prophets), yet a righteousness of God through Jesus Christ's faith, for all, and on all who are believing, for there is no distinction, for all sinned and are wanting of the glory of God. In context, the Concordant translation makes more sense here. Otherwise, what is the "no distinction"?

3:37 Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. We still want to boast and to think we are better than someone else because of our choice to believe. But the Bible makes it clear that there is no room for boasting or superiority from anyone. No one is any better, but only given the measure of faith and grace from God. Without holy restraint, we are all capable of the worst sins that have ever been committed!

3:31 Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law (Torah). There is no clearer verse that the Torah is still as in effect as ever. But always remember, the Torah is all about LOVE. Love God, Love people. That is the teaching of the Torah!

Psalm

12:6 The Lord's promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over. Seven is the number for perfection. It is the number for God. It is no mistake this number was used to describe the purity of the promises of God. Bask in His promises to you today!