Do You See Jesus | February 8, 2016
Jesus makes the most profound analogy in these verses. He is saying, that we should see everyone as if we were looking at Jesus himself, especially those we have a tendency to overlook or even look down upon.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"
Matthew 25:40, NIV
The Timeless Call Of Abba | February 9, 2016
Our calling as Christians has less to do with knowledge of the bible or our spiritual growth, or staying qualified for heaven. The reason the Lord leaves us on earth is to fulfill our calling to help bring freedom, good news, and life to those who are suffering. We are God's answer to helping a world that is perishing.
The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey —the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
Exodus 3:7-10, NIV
Completely Inadequate | February 10, 2016
Most of us are more concerned about what we cannot do over what we can do. When Moses received His assignment from God, He looked at his insecurities, giftedness, and experience and determined that he was totally inadequate for the mission. This "should" be our response as disciples of Christ. If we think we have what it takes, we will surely rely upon ourselves rather than the Holy Spirit.
Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand? “A staff,” he replied.
Exodus 4:1-2, NIV
What To Do With Accusations | February 11, 2016
There will be times in our lives when we will be misunderstood and possibly accused of things that we have neither done or had motive to do. In these last pages of Matthew, we find the most truthful, pure, and right person who ever walked the earth standing before those who were determined to see evil in him.
Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent.
Matthew 26:62-63, NIV
Getting Up | February 12, 2016
We all fall. We all fall short. We all miss our goals. We all get discouraged. It is during these times that we have to make a choice.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
Psalms 20:7-8, NIV