Bible Friday 6/9: Undaunted

Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?

Psalm 51:1-19. On what specific matters does God require of me a broken and contrite heart (verse 17, KJV)? For him to give me a clean heart and right spirit (verse 10), what must change?

Leviticus 4:1-35. Applying verses 13, 22, and 27 to America today, what is the chief sin of the upper classes, of the lower classes, and of us all? What's my own chief sin right now?

Acts 4:13-22. How does the apostles' calm disregard of authority (verses 19-20) compare with present-day Christians contending for religious freedom? Do I measure up?

John 16:12-24. Today and this week, if I were filled with the joy of the risen and reigning Lord Jesus, by what evidence would others know that?

To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.