Scripture reading for March 13th: Deuteronomy 28-31, Luke 8
Key Scriptures: Luke 8:16-18 “”No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.””
Jesus taught His disciples in parables. With these stories, each person had to seek understanding and hear carefully because what was said had deeper meaning to those who would look and listen. Understanding was of utmost importance in this life and the life to come.
Deuteronomy 30:11-14 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say,’Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for revealing truth to us in our hearts and empowering us by the Holy Spirit to hear and do it. May that be so today. Amen.
Scripture reading for May 10th: Nehemiah 7-11
Key Scriptures: Nehemiah 8:10-12 “Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a sacred day. Do not grieve.” Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.”
Nehemiah had called all God’s people together and had the Word of God read aloud to them. The people had listened attentively and God’s Word brought conviction and cleansing. A great revival was stirred. Nehemiah encouraged the people to celebrate their new-found understanding and to allow the joy of the Lord’s renewed presence to be their strength and confidence!
Rejoicing in understanding through Christ: “For I (Jesus) gave them the words You gave Me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from You and they believed that You sent Me.” . .”I am coming to You now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of My joy within them.” (John 17:8, 13)
Scripture reading for February 15th: Mark 4
Key Scripture for over-comers: Mark 4:24-25 “Consider carefully what you hear,” He continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you–and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”
Jesus told His followers that listening was important. Listening is not just to hear, but to understand. When we give full attention to Jesus and want to learn, He reveals more and more of His plans and us. The measure of diligence and desire we give brings and even greater measure of reward. On the contrary, if we are careless in our listening and desire to learn, we can even lose what we have already understood. Spiritual life is not static, but must be growing through active listening and obedience to God’s instructions. We will definitely reap more than what we sow!
Observations for over-comers: Active listening is listening with the heart as well as the ears with the intent to learn and obey. “Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.” (Proverbs 22:17-18)