Devotions (Page 21)

Devotions (Page 21)

Devotion – Tues. March 5, 2019

John 11:14-15 (The Message) Then Jesus became explicit: “Lazarus died… You’re about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.” Jesus had barely escaped a stoning in Bethany, Lazarus’ hometown. It was a dangerous place for Jesus. His disciples reminded Him of this (v. 8). But Jesus is always going into dangerous territory. It doesn’t intimidate Him. He has a firm resolve to do the Father’s will in spite of danger. There is no fear in…

Devotion – Mon. March 4, 2019

John 11:5-6 (The Message) Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, but oddly, when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed on where He was for two more days. “Jesus’ delay was not a matter of indifference; rather, it was a matter of purposeful timing that would strengthen the faith of His disciples (v. 15) and bring glory to God (v. 4). The sickness would not end in death (v. 4) because Jesus would restore physical life” (Kuzmic).…

Devotion – Sat. Mar. 2, 2019

(Jesus) pressed them. “And how about you? Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:13-17 (verse 15 shown) By this time the disciples had seen many miracles. They had heard many sermons and had plenty of time to reflect on Christ’s words and works and process all of it against the reality of their own lives. People all around us listen to the claims of Christianity and try to process it against the realities of their own lives. Ultimately, it…

Devotion – Fri. Mar. 1, 2019

…I hurt for these people. For three days now they’ve been with me, and now they have nothing to eat. I can’t send them away without a meal—they’d probably collapse on the road. Matthew 15:32 The Message Christ’s ministry was holistic. He cared not only for the peoples’ spiritual needs but also for their practical needs. He cared about their hunger and their sicknesses. He knew these listeners had arranged their lives so they could hear Him teach for three…

Devotion – Thu. Feb. 28, 2019

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed (Peter). “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” What happened to the faith that Peter initially felt as he began to walk on the water to Jesus? For a few steps he walked in a miracle; but when his focus shifted to the waves, fear caused him to begin to sink. Faith has much to do with sustained focus. Sometimes the object of focus can determine the strength of…

Devotion – Wed. Feb. 27, 2019

When Jesus got the news (about John the Baptist’s murder), He slipped away by boat to an out-of-the-way place by Himself. Matthew 14:6-14 (verse 13 shown) When Jesus heard of John’s beheading, He withdrew to be alone and process the grief. He lost a beloved partner in ministry. Did His heart sink at the injustice of it all: a drunken king, a lustful dance, a manipulative mother, and a murderous demand for the head of a prophet? Jesus would continue…

Devotion – Tue. Feb. 26, 2019

At the same time, ripe, holy lives will mature and adorn the kingdom of their Father. Are you listening to this? Really listening? Matthew 13:36-43 (The Message) God sees and knows peoples’ hearts. We are tempted to believe that God is overlooking our heartache and ignoring our pain, but this parable teaches us an important truth about patiently waiting for God’s justice. A time will come when righteousness will prevail and followers of Jesus will no longer suffer but “shine…

Devotion – Mon. Feb. 25, 2019

Then Jesus made it clear to his disciples that it was now necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, submit to an ordeal of suffering at the hands of the religious leaders, be killed, and then on the third day be raised up alive. Matthew 16:21-26 (The Message) Clearly, Jesus was preparing His disciples for the rough road to the cross. His direct and honest conversations revealed a heart fully committed to fulfilling His call. As usual, Peter didn’t understand…

Devotion – Sat. Feb. 23, 2019 – Home

Home God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You…

Devotion – Fri. Feb. 22, 2019 – Leader

Leader …His sheep follow Him because they know his voice. (Vs. 3b) – He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. John 10:4 The Lord’s people hear His voice and follow His lead. They refuse to follow others. This is John’s picture of belief in action. Just as a baby learns to discern its mother’s voice, so new followers of Jesus learn to discern His voice. Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus knows your name? Mary wept at…

Devotion – Thu. Feb. 21, 2019 – New Life

New Life The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 Jesus started His “Good Shepherd” discourse with a reference to the thief and the robber. Thieves are sneaky and get their booty through subtlety. A robber obtains his booty by violence. Either way, Jesus refers to those who illegally gain access to His flock, try to take them away from the Good…

Devotion – Wed. Feb. 20, 2019 – Solid Faith

Solid Faith “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also.” John 10:16 Embedded in this Good Shepherd discourse is the prophecy that Gentiles would come to Jesus and become a part of His “flock.” (That includes you and me.) In fact, many believers in the first-century Gentile church most likely came from paganism to Christ through the intermediate step of becoming converts to Judaism. The Greek culture worshiped many false gods, but…