The Common Sense Reborn Daily Devotion is a companion journal to CSR. It was created with three goals in mind. First, to give you an easy and convenient way to read most of the New Testament (each day will be a chunk of verses from the NT only). Second, I hope this Devotional motivates you to improve your physical and spiritual health(I will be including simple body weight exercises to build a different fitness routine, and will keep pushing you to make serving a priority in your life). Lastly, and most importantly, I hope this work helps you make a lasting connection to God and Jesus through thought and prayer. There’s plenty of room to write and journal along the way, and an extended reading plan to keep you pushing through the Holy Bible. My personal prayer is that you all have your greatest year on this Earth while following this devotion, and each year gets more and more rewarding from this day forward. God Bless you.
January through May will highlight the Gospels and the Book of Acts. 152 days of Jesus in the flesh and the miracles of His Ministry. We’ll spend the summer studying the letters of Paul. In the fall, we’ll look at the last four authors of the New Testament and finish the year with the joyful book of Revelations in December. God Bless this journey.
“1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
The Book of Matthew
You know you wrote a good book when you get picked to be the first Gospel for the recollection of the Son of God. Each of the four Gospel authors captured the ministry of Jesus in a unique way and Matthew’s has to be the most well-rounded. He includes many of Jesus’s miracles, parables, and some unique stories that can only be found in this book. I have chosen an assortment of verses that will hopefully revolutionize the way you think and live in 2020. With 28 Chapters you will easily conquer this book by reading one chapter a day.
If you are ready to go all in and wish to read the entire Bible in one year, I will be pushing you to read several chapters of the Old Testament each day. Genesis and Exodus are some of the most colorful books of the Bible as you will read many of your childhood Bible stories as they unfold in the big story of the birth of Judaism.
1This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
…6and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
…11and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
…16and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
17Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah. (Matthew 1:1-17)
There’s no simpler, or obvious, start to a New Year reading plan than beginning with Matthew 1. Matthew listed the complete line of chosen son’s from Isaac all the way to the promised Son of God, Jesus. The purpose of Matthew connecting the dots from Abraham to Joseph is to demonstrate the fulfillment of the prophesies in the Old Testament, most notably Isaiah 7:14 (the virgin birth), Isaiah 11:1-5 (the root of Jesse), and Jeremiah 33:14-16 (the “righteous Branch sprout from David’s line”). Matthew was writing to convince the entire Hebrew people of the truth in who Jesus was, and to do so, Matthew knew he would have to be specific in his detail of the Messiah’s paternal order.
Make this year the beginning of your rebirth in Christ, in your relationships, and in the world. A New Year has begun with unlimited opportunities for you to improve all aspects of your life. Begin today: write on the following lines a prayer you want to bring before God. This is a request that you will put before your Heavenly Father and pray about for the next three months. Remember two things about a prayer request like this: God will answer your prayer according to His will (1 John 5:14), and it should always be with the right motives (James 4:3). Remember, God wants us to live like Jesus, so those should be the prayers you are asking. What do you need to improve to be able to live more like Jesus…
Reading plan: Matthew Chapters 1 and 2
Deeper reading plan: add on the references of the Old Testament.
Prayer and meditation: write your prayer request and add it the end of a prayer of thanksgiving for all you have to celebrate from the previous year and the promises you are seeking from God in the year ahead. (Find a journal to keep the entries in)
Fitness challenge: since the numbers of 7 and 14 are associated with our Heavenly Father, here is a simple seven exercise body weight challenge. Try to complete 14 reps of each exercise. Start with one set and we will increase as the year progresses. To warm up and stretch do 10 jumping jacks, 10 second stretch to touch your toes, 10 seconds each leg quadriceps stretch.
1. Standard push-up 2. Sit-up or crunches
3. Air squats 4. Hand-release push-up
5. Leg lifts 6. Lunges (7-each leg)
7. 4-count flutter kick