Thursday, February 26, 2015

Matthew 17:19-20

19 Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?”

20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible."

It takes the smallest measure of belief in the unseen and confidence in the hopes I share with God in prayer to see Him move.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Matthew 17:1-6

1 Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. 2 As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. 3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.

4 Peter exclaimed, “Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

5 But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” 6 The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.

I think I would respond in a similar manner to seeing Jesus transformed and hearing the voice of God. How wonderful it will be one day to hear the words of my Father say, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" (Matthew 25:23)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

II Corinthians 7:9-11

9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.

Repentance should be marked with a painful, sorrowful grief for what was done. From the ashes of mourning there should be eagerness to do what God has commanded, well thought out responses to the things that got me here, a strong distaste for the things that have tempted me, and a fear of what I will become that drives me to flea from those distasteful things. I will have a longing for the loving arms of my Father in heaven, the Holy Spirit will light a fire in me that will fuel my desire to do God's will and the knowledge that the victory comes only from standing on the solid foundation of my Savior as my life is made brand new - made pure by His sanctifying work.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Matthew 16:15-17

15 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being."

I am astounded at the love of my Father in heaven. One so holy took on the form of His creation in order to understand me completely and in order to die to pay the penalty for my crimes against God's own laws. I wasn't bought as a slave to heaven, I was adopted into the family of God with full rights to an inheritance - what kind of love is this?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Matthew 16:1-4

1 One day the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus, demanding that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.

2 He replied, “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; 3 red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times! 4 Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign, but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah.” Then Jesus left them and went away.

Jesus took what the religious leaders meant to discredit Him and used it to reveal the prophecy He was going to fulfill later on. God is consistently taking the things I ask Him for and turning them into ways to reveal His character and show His glory to me.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Matthew 15:32-38

32 Then Jesus called his disciples and told them, “I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry, or they will faint along the way.”

33 The disciples replied, “Where would we get enough food here in the wilderness for such a huge crowd?”

34 Jesus asked, “How much bread do you have?”

They replied, “Seven loaves, and a few small fish.”

35 So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. 36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to the disciples, who distributed the food to the crowd.

37 They all ate as much as they wanted. Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food. 38 There were 4,000 men who were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children.

God does not ask me to do great things. When I have spent all that I have, Jesus take the little that remains and breaks it up to use it for His purpose. God is the one who does great things. Even John the Baptist knew that, "He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less." (John 3:30)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Matthew 15:7-9

7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,

8 ‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
9 Their worship is a farce,
    for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’”

The heart is seen as the center of a person, it is where emotions and will are said to come from. It is easy to just speak words that have no real connection to what is in the heart or any action to back them up. (Mark 2:9) I have been called to a life of sincerity that lives out the words of my Father in heaven.