01/20 Matthew 10:21-22
“A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed. 22 And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.
Stand hitched. In pain and sorrow, trust the Lord. In death and difficulties, trust the Lord. In all things listen to Jesus, let Him help and heal you and you will survive. We are children of the King and He has already won the victory.
01/19 Matthew 10:17
But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues. 18 You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me. 19 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. 20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
The World hates Jesus. The world will hate you. Do not be afraid. The Lord will be with you. Love people. Be careful. Serve the Lord.
01/18 Matthew 10:16
“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.
Be watchful and care for others. People are hurting. Every person you meet is hurting. Help them. Care for them but be careful who you are dealing with and use God’s wisdom to know what to do.
01/17 Matthew 10:8-15
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received! 9 “Don’t take any money in your money belts—no gold, silver, or even copper coins. 10 Don’t carry a traveler’s bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed. 11“Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town. 12 When you enter the home, give it your blessing. 13 If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, take back the blessing. 14 If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave. 15 I tell you the truth, the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than such a town on the judgment day.
Tell the Story of Jesus. Talk with others about what Christ has done for you. People want to know about your personal relationship with Jesus. Live like Jesus, care for people. Serve like Jesus, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Serve the Lord. Love people. ‘
01/16 Matthew 10:5-6
Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, 6 but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep. 7 Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
The Messiah has come. The children of Israel have been told. Now we have heard the Word of God-the Good News-God has intervened and it is our time to step forward and spread the Good News. Jesus is Lord. He is our only access to the Father. There is no other way.
01/15 Matthew 10:1-4
1 Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness. 2 Here are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (also called Peter), then Andrew (Peter’s brother), James (son of Zebedee), John (James’s brother), 3 Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew (the tax collector), James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, 4 Simon (the zealot ), Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
What has God called you to do? He calls every one of His children to serve as His rep in the world. People need people. We can help in any number of ways and serve our fellow mankind. Ask the Lord what He wants you to do and then do it.
01/14 Matthew 9:36-38
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
God is calling many to serve in ministry, to proclaim the Good News and live as His co-worker. Have you heard the call and ignored it? It is never to late to follow Jesus in service. Maybe service at a Senior Home or a local jail, or with the police department or many other positions that might not be paid but are a great opportunity to spread the Good News in service to mankind. Jesus is calling. Are you listening? Serve the Lord with gladness.
01/13 Matthew 9:35
Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.
We are no longer slaves to sin. God himself has come to set us free. Jesus is the only way to the Father and He offers us the free gift of eternal relationship with the Father and membership in the Family of God.
01/12 Matthew 9:32-34
When they left, a demon-possessed man who couldn’t speak was brought to Jesus. 33 So Jesus cast out the demon, and then the man began to speak. The crowds were amazed. “Nothing like this has ever happened in Israel!” they exclaimed. 34 But the Pharisees said, “He can cast out demons because he is empowered by the prince of demons.”
No, if He were the prince of demons, He wouldn’t throw out His demons. He is Lord of all things and has power over all things. He threw out the demons because they were destroying one of His creations. God loves people.
01/11 Matthew 9:27-31
After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” 28 They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?” “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.” 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” 30 Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.” 31 But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region.
JESUS is Lord. We don’t believe that and make it so, no, instead we believe in Him who is Lord, that we are in His family and that we are related to Him and effectively He works in our life. God can do anything and one of the things He loves to do is take care of His children.