Friday, September 25, 2020

Check your motivation on the things you do

S - Scripture     

Matthew  23 v. 17  You blind fools! For which is greater, the Gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred?

 

O - Observation 

Critical Error. In this verse, Jesus is rather plainly telling the scribes and Pharisees, who were swearing on the Gold of the Temple itself, that they missed the mark.  Their eyes are focused on bright shiny things vs. the very thing that the Gold was for. Seems kind of dumb, doesn't it? Those guys must of been blind. But wait, the danger is still there. Especially for those that do God's will. We need to fight the sinful desire of thinking how great we are. Look at all that I do for Jesus. Which is greater, my act of love for Jesus, or Jesus himself? It always must be about Jesus. John the Baptist sums it up quite well!!! He must increase, I must decrease. 

   

A - Application  

What is my motivation for the things I do for Jesus?        

 

P - Prayer      

Jesus, Help me to always recognize which is greater - You. Love Will.  

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Live in Backwards land!!!

S - Scripture     

Matthew  23 v. 11-12  He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

 

O - Observation 

Backwards land. God's definition of greatness is opposite of the World's definition. The World has this bumper sticker, "The person with the most toys wins." The world values people of influence, the influence of money, the glamour of high positions. God values the influence of servant hood. Do you want to be great in God's eyes? Then humble yourself. A servant is always looking to please his master and those around him. A servant will not boast or assume a higher position. A servant is there to lift someone else up. A servant is in the background. They humble themselves.

   

A - Application  

How's my servanthood? Am I living in God's backwards land?        

 

P - Prayer      

Jesus, thank you for being the greatest servant and coming to earth to suffer and die for my (and Laurie's) gain. Love Will.  


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Keep your motivation pure.

S - Scripture

Matthew  23 v. 5  They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long.   

 

O - Observation 

Motivation.  Jesus was cutting to the chase as he was describing the Pharisees. Their motivation was selfish, it truly was all about them.  Phylacteries were "small" containers which kept quotes from scripture and bound to the forehead and arms during prayer. Their reward is what they got. Respect while on earth, while missing the eternal boat. Jesus wants our motivation to be pure, to be from the heart. He will determine who's great. Think of the widow that gave 2 cents, but it was everything she owned. That was impressive, but the bean counters didn't even notice. Jesus also said back in Matthew 20 v. 26, "But whoever would be great amongst you must be your servant.

   

A - Application  

So.. What's my motivation? Especially when I do things for the church.       

 

P - Prayer      

Jesus, Keep my motivation pure and true. Give me a servants heart. Love Will.  


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Be all in!!! (Memorize this verse!!!)

S - Scripture     

Matthew  22 v. 37  And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."   

 

O - Observation    

All in. Jesus wants us all in. See his comments in Revelation 3 v. 16, "So because you are lukewarm, and neither cold or hot, I will spew you out of my mouth." He wants us to love him like there's no tomorrow. He doesn't want lip service. No he wants our actions, our conversations, how we manage our day, how we spend our money and time, all to be for his glory. But... That is such a radical  change, its opposite of what the world or the devil wants. He may twist this to place a yoke of works, doing good deeds to "earn your way to heaven." No, our love, our deeds must be a result of love, and we want to, not have to.

 

A - Application  

Am I all in for Jesus?       

 

P - Prayer      

Jesus, Give me the energy, the zeal to love you with everything I got. Love Will.  


Monday, September 21, 2020

Plug into the Power of God

S - Scripture     

Matthew  22 v. 32  I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not God of the Dead, but of the Living.   

 

O - Observation    

True Power. Jesus makes it clear that he is the God of the Living. He does NOT need to rest on his laurels, on who his posse was. No. Jesus is the same Yesterday (the Bible people - think about how he's blessed them.), Today. (You and I - Think of how God can and has used you and me!!!) and tomorrow (my kids, Shannon, Paul and Paige, my college and youth friends - What great forces and instruments you can be for God!!!)  The best thing is, God is creating an amazing battery of power, as those who die in him, are gathered to him. Think of the concentration of energy. Romans 12 v. 1, "Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us."

 

A - Application  

Do I recognize the God of the Living? Am I plugging into his power?       

 

P - Prayer      

Jesus, Thanks for providing me a living support structure for my life. Love Will. 

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Don't forget who is your Strong Tower!

S - Scripture     

Matthew  22 v. 23  The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection and they asked him a question.   

 

O - Observation    

Strong Tower. This verse is all about the strength of Jesus and an inspiration to us. Ever since Jesus came into Jerusalem, he has been "sparing" with various factions. Its like they all lined up to take their best shots at Jesus in an attempt to discredit him. First, the chief priests, scribes and elders questioned his authority, (Matthew 21 v. 23), Second in line was the Pharisees, they tried to arrest him (Matthew 21 v. 46), third, the Pharisees grabbed the Herodians and asked him questions about Caesar. Now the Sadducees. Jesus was constantly being attacked, but he was a Strong Tower. He rebutted every trick question with an answer that amazed and defeated their motives.

 

A - Application  

Where is my Strong Tower? Am I relying on Jesus in my life?        

 

P - Prayer      

Jesus, You are my Strong Tower, fortress when I'm weak. Your name is true and mighty, and your face is all I seek!!!  Love Will.  (P.S. Thanks goes out to Kutless for the prayer!!!)  

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Free

Free

guest blog by Gary Riedel




S - Scripture: 

John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed!!

O - Observation: 
The exclamation marks at the end of this scripture are my addition to this amazing proclamation by Jesus. Notice Jesus doesn’t say anything about us attaining freedom by our effort or merit, but simply when He sets us free we are free indeed! His blood shed on the cross of Calvary was ample payment to set every man, woman and child free from the penalty of sin. The old hymn says “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin has left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow!” Isaiah1:18b Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white snow, though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

A - Application: 
This freedom is the greatest gift of grace ever given to mankind! We have only to heed the Spirit’s nudging to claim not only freedom, but eternal life with all who believe in the Name of Jesus!

P - Prayer: 
Gracious Father, give us all a full measure of Your Spirit so that we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that we are free indeed! In Jesus Name, Amen