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I am he – Day 1

He Lives in Relationship With God

The most important dimension of true manhood is to live in relationship with God. He is not afraid to admit that he needs his Creator. As a man of God, he deeply loves God who is at the very centre of his life.

And you discover: I am he!

Bible text(s)

Jesus and Zacchaeus

1Jesus went on into Jericho and was passing through. 2There was a chief tax collector there named Zacchaeus, who was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he was a little man and could not see Jesus because of the crowd. 4So he ran ahead of the crowd and climbed a sycomore tree to see Jesus, who was going to pass that way. 5When Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to Zacchaeus, “Hurry down, Zacchaeus, because I must stay in your house today.”

6Zacchaeus hurried down and welcomed him with great joy. 7All the people who saw it started grumbling, “This man has gone as a guest to the home of a sinner!”

8Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Listen, sir! I will give half my belongings to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay back four times as much.”

9Jesus said to him, “Salvation has come to this house today, for this man, also, is a descendant of Abraham. 10The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Luke 19:1-10GNBOpen in Bible reader

Love for the Law of the LORD

97How I love your law!

I think about it all day long.

98Your commandment is with me all the time

and makes me wiser than my enemies.

99I understand more than all my teachers,

because I meditate on your instructions.

100I have greater wisdom than those who are old,

because I obey your commands.

101I have avoided all evil conduct,

because I want to obey your word.

102I have not neglected your instructions,

for you yourself are my teacher.

103How sweet is the taste of your instructions —

sweeter even than honey!

104I gain wisdom from your laws,

and so I hate all bad conduct.

Light from the Law of the LORD

105Your word is a lamp to guide me

and a light for my path.

106I will keep my solemn promise

to obey your just instructions.

107My sufferings, LORD, are terrible indeed;

keep me alive, as you have promised.

108Accept my prayer of thanks, O LORD,

and teach me your commands.

109I am always ready to risk my life;

I have not forgotten your law.

110The wicked lay a trap for me,

but I have not disobeyed your commands.

111Your commandments are my eternal possession;

they are the joy of my heart.

112I have decided to obey your laws

until the day I die.

Safety in the Law of the LORD

113I hate those who are not completely loyal to you,

but I love your law.

Psalms 119:97-113GNBOpen in Bible reader

10When Daniel learnt that the order had been signed, he went home. In an upstairs room of his house there were windows that faced towards Jerusalem. There, just as he had always done, he knelt down at the open windows and prayed to God three times a day.

11When Daniel's enemies observed him praying to God, 12all of them went together to the king to accuse Daniel. They said, “Your Majesty, you signed an order that for the next thirty days anyone who requested anything from any god or from any human being except you, would be thrown into a pit filled with lions.”

The king replied, “Yes, a strict order, a law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be changed.”

Daniel 6:10-12GNBOpen in Bible reader

The Birth of Jesus Christ

18This was how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they were married, she found out that she was going to have a baby by the Holy Spirit. 19Joseph was a man who always did what was right, but he did not want to disgrace Mary publicly; so he made plans to break the engagement privately. 20While he was thinking about this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary to be your wife. For it is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived. 21She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus — because he will save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:18-21GNBOpen in Bible reader

24So when Joseph woke up, he married Mary, as the angel of the Lord had told him to do. 25But he had no sexual relations with her before she gave birth to her son. And Joseph named him Jesus.

Matthew 1:24-25GNBOpen in Bible reader

24He spent his life in fellowship with God, and then he disappeared, because God took him away.

Genesis 5:24GNBOpen in Bible reader

5It was faith that kept Enoch from dying. Instead, he was taken up to God, and nobody could find him, because God had taken him up. The scripture says that before Enoch was taken up, he had pleased God.

Hebrews 11:5GNBOpen in Bible reader

12The LORD's angel appeared to him there and said, “The LORD is with you, brave and mighty man!”

13Gideon said to him, “If I may ask, sir, why has all this happened to us if the LORD is with us? What about all the wonderful things that our fathers told us the LORD used to do — how he brought them out of Egypt? The LORD has abandoned us and left us to the mercy of the Midianites.”

Judges 6:12-13GNBOpen in Bible reader

17Even though the fig trees have no fruit

and no grapes grow on the vines,

even though the olive crop fails

and the fields produce no corn,

even though the sheep all die

and the cattle stalls are empty,

18I will still be joyful and glad,

because the LORD God is my saviour.

19The Sovereign LORD gives me strength.

He makes me sure-footed as a deer,

and keeps me safe on the mountains.

Habakkuk 3:17-19GNBOpen in Bible reader

Jesus and Thomas

24One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (called the Twin), was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the scars of the nails in his hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

26A week later the disciples were together again indoors, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then stretch out your hand and put it in my side. Stop your doubting, and believe!”

28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

29Jesus said to him, “Do you believe because you see me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me!”

John 20:24-29GNBOpen in Bible reader

Peter Denies Jesus

69Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard when one of the High Priest's servant women came to him and said, “You, too, were with Jesus of Galilee.”

70But he denied it in front of them all. “I don't know what you are talking about,” he answered, 71and went on out to the entrance of the courtyard. Another servant woman saw him and said to the men there, “He was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72Again Peter denied it and answered, “I swear that I don't know that man!”

73After a little while the men standing there came to Peter. “Of course you are one of them,” they said. “After all, the way you speak gives you away!”

74Then Peter said, “I swear that I am telling the truth! May God punish me if I am not! I do not know that man!”

Just then a cock crowed, 75and Peter remembered what Jesus had told him: “Before the cock crows, you will say three times that you do not know me.” He went out and wept bitterly.

Matthew 26:69-75GNBOpen in Bible reader

David and Bathsheba

1The following spring, at the time of the year when kings usually go to war, David sent out Joab with his officers and the Israelite army; they defeated the Ammonites and besieged the city of Rabbah. But David himself stayed in Jerusalem.

2One day, late in the afternoon, David got up from his nap and went to the palace roof. As he walked about up there, he saw a woman having a bath. She was very beautiful. 3So he sent a messenger to find out who she was, and learnt that she was Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite. 4David sent messengers to fetch her; they brought her to him and he made love to her. (She had just finished her monthly ritual of purification.) Then she went back home. 5Afterwards she discovered that she was pregnant and sent a message to David to tell him.

2 Samuel 11:1-5GNBOpen in Bible reader

A Prayer for Forgiveness

1Be merciful to me, O God,

because of your constant love.

Because of your great mercy

wipe away my sins!

2Wash away all my evil

and make me clean from my sin!

3I recognize my faults;

I am always conscious of my sins.

4I have sinned against you — only against you —

and done what you consider evil.

So you are right in judging me;

you are justified in condemning me.

5I have been evil from the day I was born;

from the time I was conceived, I have been sinful.

6Sincerity and truth are what you require;

fill my mind with your wisdom.

7Remove my sin, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness;

and though you have crushed me and broken me,

I will be happy once again.

9Close your eyes to my sins

and wipe out all my evil.

10Create a pure heart in me, O God,

and put a new and loyal spirit in me.

11Do not banish me from your presence;

do not take your Holy Spirit away from me.

12Give me again the joy that comes from your salvation,

and make me willing to obey you.

13Then I will teach sinners your commands,

and they will turn back to you.

14Spare my life, O God, and save me,

and I will gladly proclaim your righteousness.

15Help me to speak, Lord,

and I will praise you.

16You do not want sacrifices,

or I would offer them;

you are not pleased with burnt offerings.

17My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God;

you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.

18O God, be kind to Zion and help her;

rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

19Then you will be pleased with proper sacrifices

and with our burnt offerings;

and bulls will be sacrificed on your altar.

Psalms 51:1-19GNBOpen in Bible reader

  • His life changes radically after meeting Jesus
  • He grows spiritually as he studies the Word
  • He prays with unconditional surrender
  • He submits to God’s will for his life
  • He dedicates his life to the Lord
  • He doesn’t always understand God’s way
  • In spite of struggle in his life, he always looks to God for strength
  • Sometimes he doubts
  • Sometimes he is embarrassed to acknowledge that he knows Jesus
  • Sometimes he stumbles
  • He comes to the Lord and receives forgiveness

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