Month: November 2018

Jesus’ Compassion

Scripture: Matthew 14: [14] When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Observation: It is so hard to understand Jesus’ compassion for us. I know it was something I don’t deserve yet I know he cares and loves me. It is something you can’t earn and don’t deserve, but he gives it so freely. So I won’t attempt to understand, but just freely accept it as my gift given from God.

Application: To live the best life I can in appreciation of God’s love for me. I know I can’t earn it, but I need to do my best to bring some joy to my Lord who continually gives me joy, peace, love, protection and a reason to go one each day.

Prayer: Dear Lord I thank you for who you are and the compassion you have on this sinner. Help me fulfill the purpose you have created me for and guide me each day to be this man you call me to be. I’m here only for you, help me show you.

Why am I so Afraid?

Scripture: Mathew 8:26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Observation: My faith must be weak because a day doesn’t go by that I don’t worry about something. I live most of my life in fear, yet I don’t know what I’m afraid of. God has worked miracles in my life and yet even after experiencing these miracles I still doubt.

Application: My fear comes from a lack of faith. I need to trust my Lord with all my heart. God put this on my heart a few years ago. Proverbs 3:5, 6 and yet I still have a hard time trusting. I need to give my whole life to Christ, it’s his anyway. Every time I worry or over plan I need to stop and know Christ is with me.

Prayer: Dear Lord increase my faith for you are trustworthy and true. I dedicate this life to you, guide me this day to glorify you. Take this fear from me and fill me with your love.

I Want to Produce a Crop

Scripture: Matthew 13: [23] But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Observation: I feel the seed fell on good soil when I received the word, yet I have not produced a crop in accordance to what was given me. I hear the word and a day doesn’t go by that I don’t read the word and each day I understand more what is in it. Yet I’m not putting everything into practice. I’m not allowing the nutrients of God’s love to enter me so that I may grow and reproduce the crop.

Application: This life was not given to me for me alone. I’m here to share what I have whether possessions, time or the knowledge I’ve been given. I’m to go out and spread the word to find the good soil so others may be saved by the grace that was given to me.

Prayer: Dear Lord thank you for counting me worthy of the hope you have given me. Strengthen my knowledge of the word and what I’m to do as your servant. You are worthy of all that I have and am use me to produce a crop in glory and honor to your name.

Being Jesus’ Brother

Scripture: Matthew 12: [50] For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Observation: That is my purpose to do the will of the Father at all times. I fall short of that goal and my thoughts for my will overrides the will of the Father more times than not, but besides pleasing God which is the ultimate pleasure I can also be Jesus’ brother, how can I not want all of that?

Application: Before making any decision or doing anything I should ask myself why, is this God’s will, will it please him and draw me closer to my true family. My focus when I get up in the morning is to do the will of God and plan out how to do that.

Prayer: Dear Father show me how to do your will, direct me in the things that will please you this day and each day that I’m here. Grow me near to you and show me the purpose you have created me for and then show me how to fulfill that purpose in glory and honor to your name.