Old Testament In a Year: July 15 – Amos 7, 8, 9

Amos 7, 8, 9
Focus Verse: But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ – Amos 7:15

Amos never imagined that he would be a prophet of God. He never thought that he would have a book of his own which would be included in God’s Word which is still being read today.

Amos was only a herdsman and a caretaker of sycamore trees. He was not a prophet. He was not a prophet’s son. The blood of prophets did not run in his veins. Yet, God had bigger plans and a greater purpose for Amos than Amos ever had for himself.

God took Amos from following the flock and taking care of trees, and made him a prophet to Israel.

You may be doing something right now that doesn’t seem important, but you have no idea what God has for you to do in the future. God’s plans for you are much bigger than the plans you have for yourself. His purpose for you is far greater than you could ever imagine.

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Old Testament In a Year: July 14 – Amos 4, 5, 6

Amos 4, 5, 6
Focus Verse: Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. – Amos 5:14

Instead of being passionate and energetic in pursuing evil, you should be passionate and energetic in pursuing good and in seeking God. Only then will God truly be with you and truly be near to help you.

Being a Christian in name only does not mean God will always bless you no matter what or that you can do whatever it is you want. God’s blessings, help, and presence in your life is dependent on your obedience to Him.

So, do not seek after evil people or evil things; do not enjoy the company or listen to the conversation of evil people; do not entertain anything that has the appearance of evil. Evil ought not to be sought, but shunned; avoided, not applauded; not merely disliked, but fiercely hated.

Seek that which is good, and in your pursuit of good, seek “the chief good,” who is God. He is perfectly good, eternally good, immutably good, and the source of all goodness. He is the Father of the good Savior, the good Shepherd, the good Samaritan – Jesus the Christ – who has already been made your sacrifice and is ready now to be your friend and guide. So, seek Christ. And also seek the Spirit who will work good in your life and will give you the power to work good out of your life.

Old Testament In a Year: July 13 – Amos 1, 2, 3

Amos 1, 2, 3
Focus Verse: Also it was I who brought you up out of the land of Egypt and led you forty years in the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite. – Amos 2:10

May we never do as the Israelites repeatedly did and forget the good things that God has done for us. Because if we forget His actions, it will not be long before we stop following His steps.

1 Year In God’s Word: Day 196 — Amos 7-9, Galatians 2

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Amos 7
Focus Verse: But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ (15)

It’s easy to forget. But Amos wasn’t always a prophet; he was first a shepherd. David wasn’t always a king; he was once a shepherd boy too. And Joseph was a prisoner before he became prime minister in Egypt. However, it’s no secret that God likes to call ordinary people to do extraordinary work for Him. The other day I read this:

“When the Lord lays His hand upon a man, that man ceases at once to be ordinary. He immediately becomes extraordinary, and his life takes on cosmic significance. The angels in heaven take notice of him and go forth to become his ministers (Hebrews 1:14). Though the man had before been only one of the faceless multitude, a mere cipher in the universe, an invisible dust grain blown across endless wastes – now he gets a face and a name and a place in the scheme of meaningful things. Christ knows His own sheep “by name.”… There are no unknown Christians, no insignificant sons of God. Each one signifies, each is a “sign” drawing the attention of the Triune God day and night upon him. The faceless man has a face, the nameless man a name, when Jesus picks him out of the multitude and calls him to Himself.” – A. W. Tozer

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1 Year In God’s Word: Day 195 — Amos 4-6, Galatians 1

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Amos 4
Focus Verse: “I gave you empty stomachs in every city and lack of bread in every town, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord. (6)

When we have gotten away from Him, God will go to great lengths to get us to return to Him. There’s a saying that goes: “Sometimes God lets you hit rock bottom so that you will discover that He is the rock at the bottom.”

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1 Year In God’s Word: Day 194 — Amos 1-3, Acts 15:22-41

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Amos 1
Focus Verse: This is what the Lord says: ““For three sins of Ammon, even for four, I will not relent. Because he ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead in order to extend his borders. (13)

God has executed judgment and will continue to execute judgment on all those who continually sin against Him without repenting. This chapter shows just how much God hates the wickedness of people. Yes, He loves us and He will endure our troubles long and patiently, but He will not endure them forever.

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