Sorry…there was a glitch and last week did not upload. I will post the missing days here to catch up.
April 10 – Matthew 4
LOOK: In this passage we see the temptation of Jesus. Some say that satan attacked Jesus because He was weak from fasting for forty days, I say satan blew it because after forty days of fellowship with the Father, Jesus was spiritually strong. Satan tempts Jesus three times and Jesus responds with Scripture three times. On the third temptation, satan actually quotes Scripture…scary! Satan knows the Bible and will actually use it wrongly to harm. Jesus then begins to preach, call disciples and help people with their problems.
LISTEN: Jesus is victorious over satan’s temptation. Not only do we have a Savior who is victorious over temptation, we have the Bible that gives us everything we need to know in order to be victorious over sin ourselves.
LEARN: How are you standing up to Satan’s attacks? Do you realize when temptation is attacking you? What Scripture should you quote when facing temptation?
April 11 – Matthew 5
LOOK: The Sermon on the Mount – I’ve been on this mountain side where Jesus spoke this incredibly clear message about living the life of a Christ follower. In this message we hear Jesus talk about living a blessed life of obedience and other topics including; murder, adultery, divorce, vengeance, making oaths, loving your enemies and being bright and salty.
LISTEN: I love how Jesus ramps it up in this passage. Jesus is teaching that following the Law is not enough in itself. Jesus talks about murder and says that if you have hate in your heart you are a murderer. Jesus says that if you have lust in your heart that you are an adulterer. Jesus is not only concerned about our external actions but the reality of our internal spiritual life.
LEARN: Read this message from the mouth of Jesus and evaluate your level of obedience as a Christ follower.
April 12 – Matthew 6
LOOK: Jesus continues to present His sermon on the mount. He teaches about giving to the needy, how to pray, how to fast, storing up treasure in heaven instead of living for treasures of this world and trusting in God instead of living full of worry.
LISTEN: Once again, I have to say that the Sermon on the Mount is a wonderful, broad message about many topics. We would be wise to listen to what Jesus thought was important enough to speak about. If this is what He wanted His followers to know and do than we should be all about these things.
LEARN: Ask yourself these questions: 1) Am I giving to those in needs? 2) Am I praying like Jesus taught me to pray? 3) Do I fast in order to teach myself discipline and draw closer to God? 4) Am I more concerned about having things here today than I am concerned about eternity? 5) Do I trust in God everyday or am I full of worry?
April 13 – Proverbs 15
LOOK: “A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit.”
LISTEN: There are too many great proverbs in each chapter to talk about each one. This proverb is so true! Have you seen people that just look hard and unfriendly? Sometimes you can tell people have had a lot of heartache!
LEARN: What does your face show? If you’re happy and you know it, don’t clap your hands…put a smile on your face!!
April 14 – Matthew 7
LOOK: “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” With this verse, the Sermon on the Mount ends. In this chapter, Jesus spoke about judging others, asking God for needs to be met, the narrow road, watching out for false prophets, who will be allowed into heaven and the wise and foolish builders.
LISTEN: The section that stands out to me is the one that says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven”. The Bible says that when you and I stand before the Lord, He will either say one of two things. Either He will say, “Enter in to my eternal rest” or “Depart from me I never knew you”.
LEARN: Don’t waste time asking if you think you are saved. Ask yourself if God thinks you are saved. He is the judge and if He has no relationship with you through Jesus Christ, the outcome will be eternally disastrous.
April 16 – Matthew 8
LOOK: Jesus is walking away after just completing the Sermon on the Mount and heals a man with leprosy telling him not to tell anyone about the healing. Next is the healing of the Centurion’s servant. Jesus heals the servant from a distance just by speaking the words. Jesus heals Peter’s Mother-in-law and many others. Jesus then teaches about the cost of following Him. He confronts the excuses about delaying the commitment to follow. Jesus calms a storm on the Sea of Galilee. The chapter ends with the famous story about Jesus casting our demons into a herd of pigs.
LISTEN: Lots happening in this chapter. Most of what we read is evidence of Jesus’ power and authority. This verse says it all, “The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!’ “
LEARN: Do you recognize and believe that Jesus is Who the Bible claims Him to be…the almighty Son of God? Have you surrendered to His power and authority?
April 17 – Matthew 9
LOOK: This passage is full of stories about how Jesus ministered and served people. Jesus heals a paralyzed man and then forgives his sin enraging the religious lost. Jesus calls Matthew to follow Him and then is questioned about His followers not fasting. I love Jesus’ response to this charge (read it). Jesus heals the woman with issue of bleeding and still raises Jarius’ daughter from the dead. Jesus heals the blind and mute all while the religious lost accused Him of being demon-possessed.
LISTEN: While reading the Gospels, you must be struck with how Christ’s compassion compelled Him to help people in need. Christians should take notice and follow His example. The truth is…many churches have abandoned the inner-city and show more contempt for hurting people than compassion. Remember, love that is not expressed is not love at all and the greatest command for Christ followers is to love God and love people.
LEARN: I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve in five inner cities this summer with Vision For Youth’s New Hope Missions but even closer to home, I am teaching an anti-drug program for at-risk teens. Being involved takes only one thing…love! Love will reveal opportunities to show compassion. Is your love showing?