Friday, July 27, 2018

Christian Daily Devotional for the Jewish Calendar - The Month of Av | August 2nd – August 31st, 2019

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Av is the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar. It is the month when the Twelve Spies entered Canaan. The 16th of Av is a day for celebrating romantic love.

Friday, August 2, 2019 | Av 1, 5779

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.’” – Numbers 13:1-2

Father, I thank You that call me to live by faith, but You also give me the information to make a wise decision. Help me to balance the two.

Saturday, August 3, 2019 | Av 2, 5779

“They gave Moses this account: ‘We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.’” – Numbers 13:27-28

Jesus, give me a bold faith so that I can’t be intimidated out of taking hold of Your promises.

~Week 48~

Sunday, August 4, 2019 | Av 3, 5779

“Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ‘We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.’” – Numbers 13:30

Holy Spirit, give me the faith of Caleb. If You have called me to something, let nothing stand in my way: not circumstances, not other people, not my doubts.

Monday, August 5, 2019 | Av 4, 5779

“But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.’” – Numbers 13:31

Lord, You are stronger than any situation. You are stronger than any barrier. I put my faith in You.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | Av 5, 5779

“All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, ‘If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?’ And they said to each other, ‘We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.’” – Numbers 14:2-4

Father, give me the faith not to doubt You. You have never let me down and I know Your plans are only good for me.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | Av 6, 5779

“Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, ‘If the Lord is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.’” – Numbers 14:6-7

Holy Spirit, guide me and give me the strength to live a life pleasing to You so that I can enjoy the blessings You intend for me.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 | Av 7, 5779

“Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” – Numbers 14:9

Yes, Jesus, I have nothing to fear because You are always with me. Give me the faith to be unafraid.

Friday, August 9, 2019 | Av 8, 5779

“But the whole assembly talked about stoning them.” – Numbers 14:10

Father, do not let me give in to intimidation, ridicule, or persecution. Make me a strong witness for You.

Saturday, August 10, 2019 | Av 9, 5779

Tisha B’Av (Fast Day)

“Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites. The Lord said to Moses, ‘How long will these people treat Me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in Me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them? I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger than they.’” – Numbers 14:10-12

Lord, I repent of any stubbornness or short-sightedness. Help me to remember everything that You’ve done for me.

~Week 49~

Sunday, August 11, 2019 | Av 10, 5779

“The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished. In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as You have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.” – Numbers 14:18-19

My God, You are both just and loving. I thank You for forgiving me as Jesus took the punishment for my sin on the cross.

Monday, August 12, 2019 | Av 11, 5779

“The Lord replied, ‘I have forgiven them, as you asked. Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, not one of those who saw My glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed Me and tested Me ten times—not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated Me with contempt will ever see it.” – Numbers 14:20-23

Father, give me a holy respect for You and an obedient spirit so that I can receive the blessings You have for me.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | Av 12, 5779

“But because My servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows Me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” – Numbers 14:24

Jesus, make me like Caleb. Give me a different spirit than the world and help me to live wholeheartedly for You.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | Av 13, 5779

“As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected. But as for you, your bodies will fall in this wilderness.” – Numbers 14:31

Holy Spirit, soften my heart and give me wisdom so that I will never miss or reject Your plans for me.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 | Av 14, 5779

“Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the wilderness. For forty years—one year for each of the forty days you explored the land—you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have Me against you.’ – Numbers 14:33-34

How terrible it would be, Father, to have You against me! And let me never fall back into sin so that my selfish actions will never cause pain to someone else.

Friday, August 16, 2019 | Av 15, 5779

Tu B’Av (Celebration of Love and Blessings)

“There are three things that amaze me—no, four things that I don’t understand: how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman.” — Proverbs 30:18-19

Loving Father, thank You for the gift of romantic love. Let me see my relationship as a blessing from You.

Saturday, August 17, 2019 | Av 16, 5779

“My lover is mine, and I am his.” — Song of Solomon 2:16

Jesus, help me to wholly devoted the person You have given me.

~Week 50~

Sunday, August 18, 2019 | Av 17, 5779

“You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride. You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes, with a single jewel of your necklace.” Song of Solomon 4:9

Holy Spirit, give me an excitement for my spouse. Rekindle my love and appreciation of them.

Monday, August 19, 2019 | Av 18, 5779

“Your love delights me, my treasure, my bride. Your love is better than wine, your perfume more fragrant than spices.” — Song of Solomon 4:10

Father, let me take delight in the one You have given me. Let me treasure them above all others.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | Av 19, 5779

“You are so handsome, my love, pleasing beyond words!” Song of Solomon 1:16

Jesus, give me an appreciation for the one You’ve blessed me with. Help me to see their beauty inside and out.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | Av 20, 5779

“Kiss me and kiss me again, for your love is sweeter than wine.” — Song of Solomon 1:2

Lord, give me joy at being in the presence of the one You’ve given me. Let me value them above all other earthly gifts.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | Av 21, 5779

“Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.” — Proverbs 17:9

Holy Spirit, give me a forgiving and gracious spirit toward the one You’ve blessed me with. Let me live in the harmony with them that You intend for us.

Friday, August 23, 2019 | Av 22, 5779

“So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.” — Genesis 29:20

Lord, fill me with love for the one You’ve given me so that working with them to build our life together is a joy, not a burden.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 | Av 23, 5779

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.” — Ephesians 5:25

Jesus, help me to keep my eyes on You as You inspire me to sacrifice for the good of the one You’ve given me.

~Week 51~

Sunday, August 25, 2019 | Av 24, 5779

“Love is patient, love is kind.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

Yes, Lord, help me to be kind and patient not only to the one You’ve blessed me with but to all those around me.

Monday, August 26, 2019 | Av 25, 5779

“Love does not envy.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

Holy Spirit, satisfy me with the gifts You’ve given me and let me rejoice in the blessings of others.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | Av 26, 5779

“Love does not boast, it is not proud.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

Father, give me a spirit of humility that lifts the spirits of others.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | Av 27, 5779

“Love does not dishonor others.” – 1 Corinthians 13:5

Jesus, give me a respect for others as Your creation. Help me to check my words so that I never put them down but only build them up.

Thursday, August 29, 2019 | Av 28, 5779

“Love is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” – 1 Corinthians 13:5

Father, make me more like You. Give me a heart that is open and ready to forgive.

Friday, August 30, 2019 | Av 29, 5779

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” – 1 Corinthians 13:6

Lord, let me love others so that I can encourage them to walk close to You.

Saturday, August 31, 2019 | Av 30, 5779

“Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7

Jesus, give me a spirit that perseveres in love even when others don’t love me back as perfectly as they should.

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