3/3 Luke 11:45-46
“Teacher,” said an expert in religious law, “you have insulted us, too, in what you just said.” 46 “Yes,” said Jesus, “how terrible it will be for you experts in religious law! For you crush people beneath impossible religious demands, and you never lift a finger to help ease the burden.
Religion is self-development. Christianity is Christ promotion and development. Follow God’s Word, do what He says and surrender yourself to His will. You belong to Jesus.
3/2 Luke 11:44
Yes, how terrible it will be for you. For you are like hidden graves in a field. People walk over them without knowing the corruption they are stepping on.”
The Lord is unhappy when we market our Christian faith as though we were trying to sell a product. Jesus calls us to pick up our cross and die to self with Him everyday. We keep our focus on Jesus and let Him get all the glory. We live our life with His call in mind and His service as part of our DNA. Jesus enables us to live and work in a desperately evil society and calls us to be salt and light and to love one another.
3/1 Luke 11:43
“How terrible it will be for you Pharisees! For how you love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the respectful greetings from everyone as you walk through the markets!
We seek to serve the Lord. We seek to know Him better. We are willing to do our service quietly without fanfare. This pleases the Lord.
2/28 Luke 11:37-42
As Jesus was speaking, one of the Pharisees invited him home for a meal. So he went in and took his place at the table. 38 His host was amazed to see that he sat down to eat without first performing the ceremonial washing required by Jewish custom. 39 Then the Lord said to him, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are still filthy — full of greed and wickedness! 40 Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside? 41 So give to the needy what you greedily possess, and you will be clean all over.” 42 “But how terrible it will be for you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest part of your income, but you completely forget about justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things.”
It’s the heart. If our heart is right with Jesus we will be right with others. Jesus loves people. Love the ones near you because Jesus loves you.
2/27 Luke 11:36
If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight is shining on you.”
If you are filled with Jesus it will show. If you are committed to obeying the Lord it will show. You cannot hide the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit as you live your life submitted to the Savior.
2/26 Luke 11:33-35
“No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, it is put on a lampstand to give light to all who enter the room. 34 Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness. 35 Make sure that the light you think you have is not really darkness.
Stay focused on Jesus. You won’t have to worry about darkness if your eyes are on the Son. Bless this day. Bless the Lord. Bless His Holy Name.
2/25 Luke 11:31-32
“The queen of Sheba will rise up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, because she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And now someone greater than Solomon is here — and you refuse to listen to him. 32 The people of Nineveh, too, will rise up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. And now someone greater than Jonah is here — and you refuse to repent.”
We have the real truth in Jesus. We can depend on what He says. The world is looking for things that agree with it. It is not interested in the things of God instead it chooses simple reflections. The world avoids truth. We hold the truth in our heart and mind and will be with Him when we die.
2/24 Luke 11:29-30
As the crowd pressed in on Jesus, he said, “These are evil times, and this evil generation keeps asking me to show them a miraculous sign. But the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. 30 What happened to him was a sign to the people of Nineveh that God had sent him. What happens to me will be a sign that God has sent me, the Son of Man, to these people.”
Jesus paid it all for us. His payment was in His blood. Jesus is Lord. His love for us, that is the miracle not this stuff the Pharisees & Sadducees were spouting.
2/23 Luke 11:27-28
As he was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother — the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!” 28 He replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
Hear God’s Word and let it become active in your life. By faith we are saved and it is by faith that we are to live. The Word of God will lead us in our faith and our faith will give birth to more faith and our relationship with Jesus will carry us through the hard times and enable us to grow in Him.
2/22 Luke 11:23-26
“Anyone who isn’t helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” 24 “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ 25 So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and clean. 26 Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.”
The Lord calls us to spiritual growth. We strive to know Him better. If we don’t grow we will be overwhelmed to the point of not living an effective Christian Life. Spend time with Jesus and He will equip you to stand in the hour of your testing.