12/09 Matthew 8:1-4
Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. 2 Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”
Yes, Lord, I want to be healed. Do you? Ask Him to heal you, plead your case and He will do the right thing. We seldom know what the right thing is but the Lord always knows the right thing to do and He will do it. Commit yourself to live with the Lord’s decision and continue with your life. All good things come from Him. Trust in Him. He is a rewarder of those who believe in Him and obey Him.
12/08 Matthew 7:24-29
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus is Lord. His Words lead us giving us the wisdom we need for living. Listen to Him. Obey Him. Live.
12/07 Matthew 7:21-23
“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
Know the Lord. Make sure that you know Him. It is personal-you must ask and surrender and there will be acceptance. The testimony of your spirit is that you are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. Know the Lord.
12/06 Matthew 7:15-20
“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
Often we see but we don’t pay attention. Be careful when dealing with people. Evil people never show themselves as evil until they have accomplished their mission but you and I can identify evil people by their deeds. Watch carefully and spend time with Jesus and you will not be overrun.
12/05 Matthew 7:12-14
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. 13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
The People of God are called to care for others. Not just those who like or are like us but everyone especially those who can do nothing for us. Listen to this Word-it applies to me and to you. Trust Jesus. Do what He says.
12/04 Matthew 7:7-11
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
When you are praying don’t quit. When you are seeking the Lord’s face for something you are sure is what He wants don’t quit. Pray, pray, pray without ceasing. Jesus loves you.
12/03 Matthew 7:6
“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.
We are called to act with care and concern for others not to be know it alls even when we know it. Humility is always in order. Love one another.
12/02 Matthew 7:3-5
“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?
4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
Don’t forget who you are. Jesus is Lord and we are not. Be careful when dealing with people. People count with Jesus. When we are pointing one finger at someone else there are three pointing back at us. Be kind. Love one another.
12/01 Matthew 7:1-2
1 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.
Check yourself. Are you quick to judge others? Jesus says do not judge others.
11/30 Psalm 9:1-2
1 I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. 2 I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.
We have access to the Lord all the time. He loves to spend time with us. Praise His name. We have a loving Lord who cared enough for us to die for us. Praise His name. Praise the Lord – Praise the Lord.