Lord, thank you that as I read the Scriptures I encounter Jesus. Lord, help me each day, as I listen to your words and meet with you, to grow in my love relationship and to reflect your glory as I am transformed into your likeness with ever increasing glory.
In a culture where women were considered second-class citizens, Jesus appeared first to two women. He chose two ordinary women and trusted them with the most important news in history.
Lord, thank you that you send me out to go and make disciples of all nations and you promise that the presence of Jesus will go with me as I do so.
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Lord, thank you that you went through all this for me. Thank you that not only do you forgive me, but you also allow me to be part of your plans.
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The writer of Proverbs contrasts the wise (‘wisdom is found in those who take advice’, v.10b) and fools (‘fools detest turning from evil’, v.19b). It is not surprising that we experience conflict. In particular, in this passage we see two examples:
‘Pride only breeds quarrels’ (v.10a). One of the most draining experiences of life is quarrelling – whether in a marriage, among friends, with colleagues or in the church. Here we see that one of the causes of quarrels can be pride. If you are willing to admit your mistakes and wrongs with humility, you can avoid a lot of quarrels.
Another key is listening carefully to one another: ‘Arrogant know-it-alls stir up discord, but wise men and women listen to each other’s counsel’ (v.10, MSG).
‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick’ (v.12a). Or as The Message puts it, ‘unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick’.
This is another kind of attack that is sickening. When a vision we have had for something is held up or our plans are delayed because of some attack or let down, disappointment makes the heart sick. We do battle with our own plans and our circumstances.
On the other hand, there is nothing more satisfying than persevering and seeing some part of your vision fulfilled. ‘A longing fulfilled is a tree of life’ (v.12a). ‘A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul’ (v.19a).
In the midst of all the attacks of life there are moments of great joy, fulfilment and satisfaction.
Lord, in the midst of the challenges, help me to run the race with perseverance with my eyes fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1–3).
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There are many similarities between Judas and Peter. Both of them let them down Jesus. Yet there are also crucial differences between the two men. Peter responded to failure in the right way. Judas did not. As Paul writes, ‘Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death’ (2 Corinthians 7:10).
Let us respond as Peter did and we can have a great future ahead of us in the service of Jesus.
Lord, thank you that you were bound in order to liberate me from my sins, guilt, shame, addictions, fears and failures. When I fail, help me always to turn back to you in ‘godly sorrow… that leads to salvation and leaves no regret’.
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Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
In a universe so incomparably vast, in a world so marvelously diverse, we can be paralyzed by our insignificance and impotence in the face of such staggering enormity. But in moments of simple faith, we can be calmed by our reverence and dependence upon the Creator and Sustainer of such wonders and find great comfort that our lives are in his hands.
When Peter was writing this, the Christians were under great persecution. While God did not send this suffering, He allowed it. So Peter is instructing the believers to humble themselves under God and when the timing was right, He would deliver them from their present troubles.
This is still good instruction for us today! While our very lives may not be in danger for claiming Christ, we all have struggles and problems that come with living in this fallen sinful world. When our circumstances are less than desirable, we must stay humble before God and trust Him to deliver us from our troubles when He sees fit in His timing, not ours. It is easy to trust Him when things are going smoothly, that does not require faith at all, but when things are rough and difficult we have two choices. We can either trust Him to carry us through or …we can doubt His love for us and worry!
Verse 7 tells us to “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
I heard a preacher describe worry like this;
“Worry is sin because it denies the wisdom of God; it says that He doesn’t know what He is doing. It denies the love of God for it says that He does not care. And it denies the power of God; it says that He is not able to deliver me from whatever is causing me to worry.”
We tend to not think of worry as sin, but it is! I had a dear friend who used to say, “If you are stressing, you are not trusting God.” Every time I start to worry I think of her saying this. I wish I could say that it always stops me from worrying, but sadly it does not. I am happy to report that I don’t stress on things as much as I did 20 years ago, but oh, I have not arrived yet!
When I stop reacting to bad circumstances and truly stop and think about it, I know that God loves me and if He allows the worst to happen, He will be there to comfort me and give me peace through the process! He will never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5), and He will work everything out for my good (Romans 8:28).
Notice it says to cast “all” our anxiety or cares on Him. This means every single one of them. No taking part of them back after we have surrendered them to Him! God has proven His love for us repeatedly, so why would we ever think for one second that He would not continue to do so in future?
Almighty and wondrous God, thank you for knowing me even though I can’t begin to comprehend your glory. I need your love, care, protection, blessing, grace, forgiveness, and presence. Without you, I have nothing of lasting significance. Please be near.
Help me to always remember Your love for me and that You always do that which is the very best for me. Thank You for sending Jesus to die for my sins and for the blessings that You have given me in this life. I love You so Abba and give You all glory, honor, and praise this day, In Jesus name. Amen.
Luke 19:11-27 (NIV)
The Parable of the Ten Minas
11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.[a] ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’
14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’
15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.
16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’
17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’
18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’
19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’
20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’
22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’
24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’
25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’
26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”
Father, You have given us excellent resources to build and expand Your Kingdom. You expect us to use these talents so that they multiply and Your Kingdom grows. Someday, Jesus will ask each of us to account for what we have done with Your gifts. Lord, while waiting for the glorious appearing of Christ, help me to faithfully use whatever resources and talents You have given me to further Your Kingdom. Let me not waste time for life is short and the message is urgent. I pray that when Christ returns, He will find me faithfully doing the work You have entrusted to me.