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Not by Our Own Righteousness


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 15

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 9:1-6

In today’s key passage, Moses continues his address to the Israelites before entering the Promised Land.  Moses reminds the people that when they cross the Jordan, they will face off against the Anakites – a group of very tall warriors roughly seven to nine feet tall.  Though the Anakites were stronger than the Israelites, the Israelites will still win the battle and take possession of the land because they have God on their side.  Moses then provides a warning.  He warns the people not to feel pride about winning the battle and taking the land.  Moses states, “It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (9:5)

We can often be tempted to feel pride in our own accomplishments.  When we get a raise at work or make a sale, there is a temptation to believe that we accomplished the feat based on our own works.  God reminds us in His Word that these feelings of pride are wrong.  We are not successful on our own – we are successful because of God.  God provides every good thing that we have.  When we get the raise, it is because of God.  When we make the sale, it is because of God.  When we understand His role in everything that we do, we can stay away from the dangers of pride.

There is another danger that I think of, though, when I read today’s passage – the danger of self-righteousness.  For those of us who have been saved, self-righteousness can be a real problem if we are not careful.  Have you ever looked at another person – perhaps someone who is sinning or someone who is far away from God – and felt that you were in some way better than that person?  Have you ever thought to yourself, “At least I am not like that” or something similar?  I will be the first to admit that in the past, I have had thoughts like these.  Even if we do not have those thoughts directly, sometimes our words or our actions to others can make it seem like we are self-righteous.  Thinking or acting in a self-righteous way is not what God has in mind for us.  That is not how we show God’s love to others.  There is a very fine line between recognizing the fact that we are better than we used to be and believing the fallacy that we are better than others.  Moses reminds his people (and us) that being chosen as the children of God has nothing to do with us.  There is nothing there for us to feel proud about, because we are not chosen by God based on our works.  Paul reminds us in Romans 3:10 that, “there is no one righteous, not even one”.  We are chosen by His grace, and in the end, we will be saved by His grace.  When Christ returns in glory, we will all make our way into the Promised Land.  As we wait for that day, we must keep in mind that we will take possession of that land not because of our own righteousness, but because of God’s grace.

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Peter Denies Jesus


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 5,6; Psalm 43; Mark 14

Today’s Key Passage – Mark 14:27-31

Picture this: You are living in the time of Jesus and you are one of His twelve disciples.  You have been following Jesus for some time now and you can honestly say that you love this man like you have never loved another person on earth.  You have seen Him heal the blind.  You have seen Him feed thousands with very little food.  You have seen Him raise the dead.  You have no doubt that this man is the long-awaited Messiah – the Savior of your people.  One night, you sit down to have a nice quiet dinner with Jesus and the rest of the disciples, but the dinner takes a strange turn.  All of a sudden, Jesus says that one of the twelve men sitting at the table with Him is going to betray Him.  He then goes on to say that all of the twelve men will fall away from Him.  What would you say to this?  This man is your friend.  He is also your God.  You would do anything for Him.  I would imagine that most of us would respond the same way Peter responded to Jesus.  Peter said, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”  It sounds like a reasonable argument – one that most of us would make in that same situation, but Jesus responds to Peter and says, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”  This had to be hard to hear.  It had to be even harder to believe.  It is no wonder that the next verse in the Bible says the following, “But Peter insisted emphatically, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’ And all the others said the same.”  The disciples, and Peter in particular, insisted emphatically that they would never disown Jesus.  Sadly, most of us already know what happens next in the story.  Only a few hours later, Judas led a group of soldiers out to arrest Jesus and in Mark 14:50 we read, “Then everyone deserted him and fled”.  After fleeing, Peter followed Jesus and the soldiers to the courtyard of the high priest.  There he was questioned by a young girl about whether or not he knew Jesus, and just as predicted Peter disowned Jesus three times.

Most of us who follow Christ would insist emphatically that we would never disown Jesus.  On Sunday morning in church, we would easily insist emphatically.  At home in prayer, we would easily insist emphatically.  When things are going well, we would easily insist emphatically.  Our true love for Jesus is revealed, however, not in the good times, but in the bad.  When tragedy strikes, would we be so quick to insist?  When it seems like our prayers have not been answered, can we still insist?  When we face persecution or mocking because of our faith, will we still insist?  When we are tempted to sin, do we still insist?  Just like the disciples, anyone can say they will follow Jesus during good times, but the test of a true believer comes during times of trial.  I have heard it said that when you squeeze grapes, you get to see grape juice, and when you squeeze a Christian you get to see what kind of faith he really has.  What will come out when you are squeezed by life?

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Not by Our Own Righteousness


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 15

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 9:1-6

In today’s key passage, Moses continues his address to the Israelites before entering the Promised Land.  Moses reminds the people that when they cross the Jordan, they will face off against the Anakites – a group of very tall warriors roughly seven to nine feet tall.  Though the Anakites were stronger than the Israelites, the Israelites will still win the battle and take possession of the land because they have God on their side.  Moses then provides a warning.  He warns the people not to feel pride about winning the battle and taking the land.  Moses states, “It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (9:5)

We can often be tempted to feel pride in our own accomplishments.  When we get a raise at work or make a sale, there is a temptation to believe that we accomplished the feat based on our own works.  God reminds us in His Word that these feelings of pride are wrong.  We are not successful on our own – we are successful because of God.  God provides every good thing that we have.  When we get the raise, it is because of God.  When we make the sale, it is because of God.  When we understand His role in everything that we do, we can stay away from the dangers of pride.

There is another danger that I think of, though, when I read today’s passage – the danger of self-righteousness.  For those of us who have been saved, self-righteousness can be a real problem if we are not careful.  Have you ever looked at another person – perhaps someone who is sinning or someone who is far away from God – and felt that you were in some way better than that person?  Have you ever thought to yourself, “At least I am not like that” or something similar?  I will be the first to admit that in the past, I have had thoughts like these.  Even if we do not have those thoughts directly, sometimes our words or our actions to others can make it seem like we are self-righteous.  Thinking or acting in a self-righteous way is not what God has in mind for us.  That is not how we show God’s love to others.  There is a very fine line between recognizing the fact that we are better than we used to be and believing the fallacy that we are better than others.  Moses reminds his people (and us) that being chosen as the children of God has nothing to do with us.  There is nothing there for us to feel proud about, because we are not chosen by God based on our works.  Paul reminds us in Romans 3:10 that, “there is no one righteous, not even one”.  We are chosen by His grace, and in the end, we will be saved by His grace.  When Christ returns in glory, we will all make our way into the Promised Land.  As we wait for that day, we must keep in mind that we will take possession of that land not because of our own righteousness, but because of God’s grace.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Peter Denies Jesus


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 5,6; Psalm 43; Mark 14

Today’s Key Passage – Mark 14:27-31

Picture this: You are living in the time of Jesus and you are one of His twelve disciples.  You have been following Jesus for some time now and you can honestly say that you love this man like you have never loved another person on earth.  You have seen Him heal the blind.  You have seen Him feed thousands with very little food.  You have seen Him raise the dead.  You have no doubt that this man is the long-awaited Messiah – the Savior of your people.  One night, you sit down to have a nice quiet dinner with Jesus and the rest of the disciples, but the dinner takes a strange turn.  All of a sudden, Jesus says that one of the twelve men sitting at the table with Him is going to betray Him.  He then goes on to say that all of the twelve men will fall away from Him.  What would you say to this?  This man is your friend.  He is also your God.  You would do anything for Him.  I would imagine that most of us would respond the same way Peter responded to Jesus.  Peter said, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”  It sounds like a reasonable argument – one that most of us would make in that same situation, but Jesus responds to Peter and says, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”  This had to be hard to hear.  It had to be even harder to believe.  It is no wonder that the next verse in the Bible says the following, “But Peter insisted emphatically, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’ And all the others said the same.”  The disciples, and Peter in particular, insisted emphatically that they would never disown Jesus.  Sadly, most of us already know what happens next in the story.  Only a few hours later, Judas led a group of soldiers out to arrest Jesus and in Mark 14:50 we read, “Then everyone deserted him and fled”.  After fleeing, Peter followed Jesus and the soldiers to the courtyard of the high priest.  There he was questioned by a young girl about whether or not he knew Jesus, and just as predicted Peter disowned Jesus three times.

Most of us who follow Christ would insist emphatically that we would never disown Jesus.  On Sunday morning in church, we would easily insist emphatically.  At home in prayer, we would easily insist emphatically.  When things are going well, we would easily insist emphatically.  Our true love for Jesus is revealed, however, not in the good times, but in the bad.  When tragedy strikes, would we be so quick to insist?  When it seems like our prayers have not been answered, can we still insist?  When we face persecution or mocking because of our faith, will we still insist?  When we are tempted to sin, do we still insist?  Just like the disciples, anyone can say they will follow Jesus during good times, but the test of a true believer comes during times of trial.  I have heard it said that when you squeeze grapes, you get to see grape juice, and when you squeeze a Christian you get to see what kind of faith he really has.  What will come out when you are squeezed by life?

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Not by Our Own Righteousness


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 15

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 9:1-6

In today’s key passage, Moses continues his address to the Israelites before entering the Promised Land.  Moses reminds the people that when they cross the Jordan, they will face off against the Anakites – a group of very tall warriors roughly seven to nine feet tall.  Though the Anakites were stronger than the Israelites, the Israelites will still win the battle and take possession of the land because they have God on their side.  Moses then provides a warning.  He warns the people not to feel pride about winning the battle and taking the land.  Moses states, “It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (9:5)

We can often be tempted to feel pride in our own accomplishments.  When we get a raise at work or make a sale, there is a temptation to believe that we accomplished the feat based on our own works.  God reminds us in His Word that these feelings of pride are wrong.  We are not successful on our own – we are successful because of God.  God provides every good thing that we have.  When we get the raise, it is because of God.  When we make the sale, it is because of God.  When we understand His role in everything that we do, we can stay away from the dangers of pride.

There is another danger that I think of, though, when I read today’s passage – the danger of self-righteousness.  For those of us who have been saved, self-righteousness can be a real problem if we are not careful.  Have you ever looked at another person – perhaps someone who is sinning or someone who is far away from God – and felt that you were in some way better than that person?  Have you ever thought to yourself, “At least I am not like that” or something similar?  I will be the first to admit that in the past, I have had thoughts like these.  Even if we do not have those thoughts directly, sometimes our words or our actions to others can make it seem like we are self-righteous.  Thinking or acting in a self-righteous way is not what God has in mind for us.  That is not how we show God’s love to others.  There is a very fine line between recognizing the fact that we are better than we used to be and believing the fallacy that we are better than others.  Moses reminds his people (and us) that being chosen as the children of God has nothing to do with us.  There is nothing there for us to feel proud about, because we are not chosen by God based on our works.  Paul reminds us in Romans 3:10 that, “there is no one righteous, not even one”.  We are chosen by His grace, and in the end, we will be saved by His grace.  When Christ returns in glory, we will all make our way into the Promised Land.  As we wait for that day, we must keep in mind that we will take possession of that land not because of our own righteousness, but because of God’s grace.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.


Peter Denies Jesus


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 5,6; Psalm 43; Mark 14

Today’s Key Passage – Mark 14:27-31

Picture this: You are living in the time of Jesus and you are one of His twelve disciples.  You have been following Jesus for some time now and you can honestly say that you love this man like you have never loved another person on earth.  You have seen Him heal the blind.  You have seen Him feed thousands with very little food.  You have seen Him raise the dead.  You have no doubt that this man is the long-awaited Messiah – the Savior of your people.  One night, you sit down to have a nice quiet dinner with Jesus and the rest of the disciples, but the dinner takes a strange turn.  All of a sudden, Jesus says that one of the twelve men sitting at the table with Him is going to betray Him.  He then goes on to say that all of the twelve men will fall away from Him.  What would you say to this?  This man is your friend.  He is also your God.  You would do anything for Him.  I would imagine that most of us would respond the same way Peter responded to Jesus.  Peter said, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”  It sounds like a reasonable argument – one that most of us would make in that same situation, but Jesus responds to Peter and says, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”  This had to be hard to hear.  It had to be even harder to believe.  It is no wonder that the next verse in the Bible says the following, “But Peter insisted emphatically, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’ And all the others said the same.”  The disciples, and Peter in particular, insisted emphatically that they would never disown Jesus.  Sadly, most of us already know what happens next in the story.  Only a few hours later, Judas led a group of soldiers out to arrest Jesus and in Mark 14:50 we read, “Then everyone deserted him and fled”.  After fleeing, Peter followed Jesus and the soldiers to the courtyard of the high priest.  There he was questioned by a young girl about whether or not he knew Jesus, and just as predicted Peter disowned Jesus three times.

Most of us who follow Christ would insist emphatically that we would never disown Jesus.  On Sunday morning in church, we would easily insist emphatically.  At home in prayer, we would easily insist emphatically.  When things are going well, we would easily insist emphatically.  Our true love for Jesus is revealed, however, not in the good times, but in the bad.  When tragedy strikes, would we be so quick to insist?  When it seems like our prayers have not been answered, can we still insist?  When we face persecution or mocking because of our faith, will we still insist?  When we are tempted to sin, do we still insist?  Just like the disciples, anyone can say they will follow Jesus during good times, but the test of a true believer comes during times of trial.  I have heard it said that when you squeeze grapes, you get to see grape juice, and when you squeeze a Christian you get to see what kind of faith he really has.  What will come out when you are squeezed by life?

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Not by Our Own Righteousness


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 15

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 9:1-6

In today’s key passage, Moses continues his address to the Israelites before entering the Promised Land.  Moses reminds the people that when they cross the Jordan, they will face off against the Anakites – a group of very tall warriors roughly seven to nine feet tall.  Though the Anakites were stronger than the Israelites, the Israelites will still win the battle and take possession of the land because they have God on their side.  Moses then provides a warning.  He warns the people not to feel pride about winning the battle and taking the land.  Moses states, “It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (9:5)

We can often be tempted to feel pride in our own accomplishments.  When we get a raise at work or make a sale, there is a temptation to believe that we accomplished the feat based on our own works.  God reminds us in His Word that these feelings of pride are wrong.  We are not successful on our own – we are successful because of God.  God provides every good thing that we have.  When we get the raise, it is because of God.  When we make the sale, it is because of God.  When we understand His role in everything that we do, we can stay away from the dangers of pride.

There is another danger that I think of, though, when I read today’s passage – the danger of self-righteousness.  For those of us who have been saved, self-righteousness can be a real problem if we are not careful.  Have you ever looked at another person – perhaps someone who is sinning or someone who is far away from God – and felt that you were in some way better than that person?  Have you ever thought to yourself, “At least I am not like that” or something similar?  I will be the first to admit that in the past, I have had thoughts like these.  Even if we do not have those thoughts directly, sometimes our words or our actions to others can make it seem like we are self-righteous.  Thinking or acting in a self-righteous way is not what God has in mind for us.  That is not how we show God’s love to others.  There is a very fine line between recognizing the fact that we are better than we used to be and believing the fallacy that we are better than others.  Moses reminds his people (and us) that being chosen as the children of God has nothing to do with us.  There is nothing there for us to feel proud about, because we are not chosen by God based on our works.  Paul reminds us in Romans 3:10 that, “there is no one righteous, not even one”.  We are chosen by His grace, and in the end, we will be saved by His grace.  When Christ returns in glory, we will all make our way into the Promised Land.  As we wait for that day, we must keep in mind that we will take possession of that land not because of our own righteousness, but because of God’s grace.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Peter Denies Jesus


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 5,6; Psalm 43; Mark 14

Today’s Key Passage – Mark 14:27-31

Picture this: You are living in the time of Jesus and you are one of His twelve disciples.  You have been following Jesus for some time now and you can honestly say that you love this man like you have never loved another person on earth.  You have seen Him heal the blind.  You have seen Him feed thousands with very little food.  You have seen Him raise the dead.  You have no doubt that this man is the long-awaited Messiah – the Savior of your people.  One night, you sit down to have a nice quiet dinner with Jesus and the rest of the disciples, but the dinner takes a strange turn.  All of a sudden, Jesus says that one of the twelve men sitting at the table with Him is going to betray Him.  He then goes on to say that all of the twelve men will fall away from Him.  What would you say to this?  This man is your friend.  He is also your God.  You would do anything for Him.  I would imagine that most of us would respond the same way Peter responded to Jesus.  Peter said, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”  It sounds like a reasonable argument – one that most of us would make in that same situation, but Jesus responds to Peter and says, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”  This had to be hard to hear.  It had to be even harder to believe.  It is no wonder that the next verse in the Bible says the following, “But Peter insisted emphatically, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’ And all the others said the same.”  The disciples, and Peter in particular, insisted emphatically that they would never disown Jesus.  Sadly, most of us already know what happens next in the story.  Only a few hours later, Judas led a group of soldiers out to arrest Jesus and in Mark 14:50 we read, “Then everyone deserted him and fled”.  After fleeing, Peter followed Jesus and the soldiers to the courtyard of the high priest.  There he was questioned by a young girl about whether or not he knew Jesus, and just as predicted Peter disowned Jesus three times.

Most of us who follow Christ would insist emphatically that we would never disown Jesus.  On Sunday morning in church, we would easily insist emphatically.  At home in prayer, we would easily insist emphatically.  When things are going well, we would easily insist emphatically.  Our true love for Jesus is revealed, however, not in the good times, but in the bad.  When tragedy strikes, would we be so quick to insist?  When it seems like our prayers have not been answered, can we still insist?  When we face persecution or mocking because of our faith, will we still insist?  When we are tempted to sin, do we still insist?  Just like the disciples, anyone can say they will follow Jesus during good times, but the test of a true believer comes during times of trial.  I have heard it said that when you squeeze grapes, you get to see grape juice, and when you squeeze a Christian you get to see what kind of faith he really has.  What will come out when you are squeezed by life?

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

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